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matted1

[mat-id]
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adjective
  1. covered with a dense growth or a tangled mass: a garden matted with weeds.
  2. formed into a mat; entangled in a thick mass: matted hair.
  3. formed of mats, or of plaited or woven material.
  4. covered with mats or matting.
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Origin of matted1

First recorded in 1600–10; mat1 + -ed2
Related formsmat·ted·ly, adverbmat·ted·ness, noun

matted2

[mat-id]
adjective
  1. having a dull finish; matte.
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Origin of matted2

First recorded in 1815–25; matte1 + -ed2

mat1

[mat]
noun
  1. a piece of fabric made of plaited or woven rushes, straw, hemp, or similar fiber, or of some other pliant material, as rubber, used as a protective covering on a floor or other surface, to wipe the shoes on, etc.
  2. a smaller piece of material, often ornamental, set under a dish of food, a lamp, vase, etc.
  3. Sports.
    1. the padded canvas covering the entire floor of a wrestling ring, for protecting the contestants from injury when thrown.
    2. a thick pad placed on the floor for the protection of tumblers and others engaged in gymnastic sports.
  4. a thickly growing or thick and tangled mass, as of hair or weeds.
  5. a sack made of matting, as for coffee or sugar.
  6. a slablike footing of concrete, especially one for an entire building.
  7. a heavy mesh reinforcement for a concrete slab.
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verb (used with object), mat·ted, mat·ting.
  1. to cover with or as if with mats or matting.
  2. to form into a mat, as by interweaving.
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verb (used without object), mat·ted, mat·ting.
  1. to become entangled; form tangled masses.
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Idioms
  1. go to the mat, to contend or struggle in a determined or unyielding way: The president is going to the mat with Congress over the proposed budget cuts.
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Origin of mat1

before 900; Middle English, Old English matte < Late Latin matta mat of rushes < Semitic; compare Hebrew mittāh bed
Related formsmat·less, adjective

matt

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

mat2

[mat]
noun
  1. a piece of cardboard or other material placed over or under a drawing, painting, photograph, etc., to serve as a frame or provide a border between the picture and the frame.
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verb (used with object), mat·ted, mat·ting.
  1. to provide (a picture) with a mat.
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Origin of mat2

1835–40; apparently mat1, influenced by matte1

mat3

[mat]
adjective, noun, verb, mat·ted, mat·ting.
  1. matte1.
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Related Words

disorderedknottedtwistedtousledkinky

Examples from the Web for matted

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • Patches of it grew thick on the high ridges, matted close for cover.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • His hair and beard hung long and matted over his broad shoulders.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The hair was wet and matted and prickly leaves were stuck in it.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • Her hair, streaming down in a sodden mass, was matted with blood.

    The World Beyond

    Raymond King Cummings

  • The masts rose from that chaos like big trees above a matted undergrowth.

    Youth

    Joseph Conrad


British Dictionary definitions for matted

matted

adjective
  1. tangled into a thick massmatted hair
  2. covered with or formed of matting
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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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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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mat1

noun
  1. a thick flat piece of fabric used as a floor covering, a place to wipe one's shoes, etc
  2. a smaller pad of material used to protect a surface from the heat, scratches, etc, of an object placed upon it
  3. a large piece of thick padded material put on the floor as a surface for wrestling, judo, or gymnastic sports
  4. NZ a Māori cloak
  5. go back to the mat NZ to abandon urban civilization
  6. any surface or mass that is densely interwoven or tangleda mat of grass and weeds
  7. the solid part of a lace design
    1. a heavy net of cable or rope laid over a blasting site to prevent the scatter of debris
    2. a heavy mesh of reinforcement in a concrete slab
    3. (esp US) a steel or concrete raft serving as a footing to support a post
  8. civil engineering short for mattress (def. 3)
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verb mats, matting or matted
  1. to tangle or weave or become tangled or woven into a dense mass
  2. (tr) to cover with a mat or mats
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Derived Formsmatless, adjective

Word Origin

Old English matte; related to Old High German matta

mat2

noun
  1. a border of cardboard, cloth, etc, placed around a picture to act as a frame or as a contrast between picture and frame
  2. a surface, as on metal or paint
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adjective
  1. having a dull, lustreless, or roughened surface
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verb mats, matting or matted (tr)
  1. to furnish (a picture) with a mat
  2. to give (a surface) a mat finish
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Also (for senses 2, 4): matt

Word Origin

C17: from French, literally: dead; see checkmate

mat3

noun
  1. printing informal short for matrix (def. 5)
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Word Origin and History for matted

adj.

"tangled and lying flat" (of hair, etc.), 1610s, past participle adjective from mat (v.).

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mat

n.2

"sheet of backing material," 1845, from French mat "dull surface or finish" (15c.), noun use of Old French mat (adj.); see mat (adj.).

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mat

v.

early 15c., "to make mats," from mat (n.1). From 1540s as "to provide with mats, to cover with mats;" meaning "to become tangled" is from 1570s. Related: Matted; matting.

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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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mat

n.1

loosely joined natural materials used as bedding, etc., Old English matte, from Late Latin matta "mat made of rushes" (4c.), probably from Punic or Phoenician matta (cf. Hebrew mittah "bed, couch"). Meaning "tangled mass" is from 1835. That of "piece of padded flooring used in gymnastics or wrestling" is attested from 1892; hence figurative phrase go to the mat "do battle" (1910). The Latin word also is the source of German Matte, matze; Dutch mat, Italian matta. French natte "mat, matting" is from Late Latin secondary form natta (cf. napkin).

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mat

adj.

1640s, "lusterless, dull" (of a color or surface), from French mat "dull, dead surface," from Old French mat "beaten down, withered, afflicted, dejected; dull," which is perhaps from Latin mattus "maudlin with drink," from madere "to be wet or sodden, be drunk," from PIE root *mad- "to be wet, drip" (see mast (n.2)). Or the French word might represent a transferred use from chess of mater "to checkmate, defeat," from Arabic (see mate (v.2)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with matted

mat

see go to the mat; welcome mat.

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