matte

1

or mat, matt

[ mat ]
/ mæt /

adjective

having a dull or lusterless surface: matte paint; a matte complexion; a photograph with a matte finish.

noun

a dull or dead surface, often slightly roughened, as on metals, paint, paper, or glass.
a tool for producing such a surface.
Metallurgy. an unfinished metallic product of the smelting of certain sulfide ores, especially those of copper.
Movies. matte shot.

verb (used with object), mat·ted, mat·ting.

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

Definition for matte (2 of 2)

matte2
[ mat ]
/ mæt /

noun Mining.

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.

Origin of matte

2
<German; akin to mat1
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British Dictionary definitions for matte (1 of 2)

matte1
/ (mæt) /

noun

an impure fused material consisting of metal sulphides produced during the smelting of a sulphide ore

Word Origin for matte

C19: from French

British Dictionary definitions for matte (2 of 2)

matte2
/ (mæt) /

noun

films television a mask used to blank out part of an image so that another image can be superimposed
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