matting

1
[mat-ing]
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noun

a coarse fabric of rushes, grass, straw, hemp, or the like, used for floor covering, wrapping material, etc.
material for mats.
mats collectively.
the making of mats.

Nearby words

  1. matthews, brander,
  2. matthias,
  3. matthias i corvinus,
  4. matthiessen,
  5. mattify,
  6. mattins,
  7. matto grosso,
  8. mattock,
  9. mattoid,
  10. mattoon

Origin of matting

1
First recorded in 1675–85; mat1 + -ing1

matting

2
[mat-ing]

noun

a dull, slightly roughened surface, free from polish, produced by the use of a matte.

Origin of matting

2
First recorded in 1680–90; matte1 + -ing1

mat

1
[mat]

noun

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.
a smaller piece of material, often ornamental, set under a dish of food, a lamp, vase, etc.
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.
a thickly growing or thick and tangled mass, as of hair or weeds.
a sack made of matting, as for coffee or sugar.
a slablike footing of concrete, especially one for an entire building.
a heavy mesh reinforcement for a concrete slab.

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

to cover with or as if with mats or matting.
to form into a mat, as by interweaving.

verb (used without object), mat·ted, mat·ting.

to become entangled; form tangled masses.

Origin of mat

1
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)

matte

1

or mat, matt

[mat]

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.

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

mat

2
[mat]

noun

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.

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

to provide (a picture) with a mat.

Origin of mat

2
1835–40; apparently mat1, influenced by matte1

mat

3
[mat]

adjective, noun, verb, mat·ted, mat·ting.

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British Dictionary definitions for matting

matting

1

noun

a coarsely woven fabric, usually made of a natural fibre such as straw or hemp and used as a floor covering, packing material, etc
the act or process of making mats
material for mats

noun

another word for mat 2 (def. 1)
the process of producing a mat finish

matt

matte

adjective, noun, verb

matte

1

noun

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

Word Origin for matte

C19: from French

matte

2

noun

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

mat

1

noun

a thick flat piece of fabric used as a floor covering, a place to wipe one's shoes, etc
a smaller pad of material used to protect a surface from the heat, scratches, etc, of an object placed upon it
a large piece of thick padded material put on the floor as a surface for wrestling, judo, or gymnastic sports
NZ a Māori cloak
go back to the mat NZ to abandon urban civilization
any surface or mass that is densely interwoven or tangleda mat of grass and weeds
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
civil engineering short for mattress (def. 3)

verb mats, matting or matted

to tangle or weave or become tangled or woven into a dense mass
(tr) to cover with a mat or mats
Derived Formsmatless, adjective

Word Origin for mat

Old English matte; related to Old High German matta

mat

2

noun

a border of cardboard, cloth, etc, placed around a picture to act as a frame or as a contrast between picture and frame
a surface, as on metal or paint

adjective

having a dull, lustreless, or roughened surface

verb mats, matting or matted (tr)

to furnish (a picture) with a mat
to give (a surface) a mat finish
Also (for senses 2, 4): matt

Word Origin for mat

C17: from French, literally: dead; see checkmate

mat

3

noun

printing informal short for matrix (def. 5)
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Word Origin and History for matting
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Idioms and Phrases with matting

mat

see go to the mat; welcome mat.

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