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matte

1

or mat, matt

[mat]
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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 matte

1
1640–50; < French mat (masculine), matte (feminine), Old French < Late Latin mattus moist, soft, weak, perhaps < *maditus, derivative of Latin madēre to be wet

matte

2
[mat]
noun Mining.
  1. a mass of timber caved beneath overburden so as to cushion the fall of the overburden and separate it from mineral to be extracted beneath.
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Origin of matte

2
< German; akin to mat1
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Related Words for matte

flat, uninspired, boring, muted, ho-hum, subdued, dim, muddy, somber, hazy, dark, lifeless, dismal, cloudy, cold, soft, obscure, bland, stale, weak

Examples from the Web for matte

Contemporary Examples of matte

Historical Examples of matte

  • Matte Enamel, medium weight; Enameled, medium weight; Velvet, medium weight.

  • Matte and Maie grew fat on this fine living, and daily became richer.

  • There was once a fisherman who was called Salmon, and his Christian name was Matte.

  • The German term in the Glossary for panes ex pyrite is stein, the same as the modern German for matte.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • The matte is roasted, re-smelted with lead, and no doubt a button obtained, and further matte.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola


British Dictionary definitions for matte

matte

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

C19: from French

matte

2
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 matte

n.

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

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n.

variant of mat (n.2).

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