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matt

[mat]
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adjective, noun, verb (used with object)
  1. matte1.
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Matt

[mat]
noun
  1. a male given name, form of Matthew.
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matte1

or mat, matt

[mat]
adjective
  1. having a dull or lusterless surface: matte paint; a matte complexion; a photograph with a matte finish.
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noun
  1. a dull or dead surface, often slightly roughened, as on metals, paint, paper, or glass.
  2. a tool for producing such a surface.
  3. Metallurgy. an unfinished metallic product of the smelting of certain sulfide ores, especially those of copper.
  4. Movies. matte shot.
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verb (used with object), mat·ted, mat·ting.
  1. to finish with a matte surface.
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Origin of matte1

1640–50; < French mat (masculine), matte (feminine), Old French < Late Latin mattus moist, soft, weak, perhaps < *maditus, derivative of Latin madēre to be wet

Matt.

  1. Matthew.
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Examples from the Web for matt

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  • I have a few things to do, and John can call me if you need me, Matt!

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Matt Abrahamson's daughter Molly had had a baby who had died a month or so before.

  • Matt it was who tried to put him into the harness and make him haul sled with the other dogs.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • He could not be satisfied with less, as Matt learned after much inconvenience and trouble.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • Near the gang-plank, Scott was shaking hands with Matt, who was preparing to go ashore.

    White Fang

    Jack London


British Dictionary definitions for matt

matt

matte

adjective, noun, verb
  1. variant spellings of mat 2 (def. 2), mat 1 (def. 3), mat 2 (def. 5)
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Matt.

abbreviation for
  1. Matthew
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matte1

noun
  1. an impure fused material consisting of metal sulphides produced during the smelting of a sulphide ore
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Word Origin

C19: from French

matte2

noun
  1. films television a mask used to blank out part of an image so that another image can be superimposed
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Word Origin and History for matt

matte

n.

"backing for a picture," 1845, from French; see mat (n.2).

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matte

n.

variant of mat (n.2).

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