- The definition of a mat is a flat fabric used as a floor covering.
An example of a mat is a soft fabric on the bathroom floor.
- Mat is defined as to put protective coverings on the floor or table, or to tangle.
An example of mat is to line a gym floor with soft cushiony coverings.
A round blue bathroom mat.
- a flat, coarse fabric made of woven or plaited hemp, straw, rope, rushes, etc., often used as a floor covering
- a piece of this or of corrugated rubber, cocoa fiber, etc., used variously as a doormat, bathmat, or removable floor covering for a car
- a flat piece of cloth, woven straw, etc., put under a vase, dish, or the like, or used as an ornament, as on a table
- a pad, as of rubber or plastic, used to protect the surface of an oven, sink, etc.
- a thickly padded floor covering, esp. one used in a gymnasium for tumbling, wrestling, etc.
- anything densely interwoven or felted, or growing in a thick tangle: a mat of hair
- Naut. a thick web of rope yarn, used to protect rigging from wear
Origin of matMiddle English matte ; from Old English meatt ; from Late Latin matta (from source German matte) ; from Phoenician word akin to Classical Hebrew (language) mittāh, a cover
transitive verbmatted, matting
- to cover with or as with a mat or mats
- to interweave, felt, or tangle together into a thick mass
go to the mat
Origin of mat< mat as used in wrestling
Origin of matFrench ; from Old French mat, defeated, exhausted, probably ; from Classical Latin mattus, drunk ; from madidus, soaked, drunk ; from madere, to be drenched, drunk ; from Indo-European base an unverified form mad-, to be wet, drip, juicy, fat from source mast, meat
- a border, as of cardboard or cloth, put around a picture, either as the frame or, usually, between the picture and the frame
Origin of matFr
- A flat piece of coarse fabric or other material used for wiping one's shoes or feet, or in various other forms as a floor covering.
- A small flat piece of decorated material placed under a lamp, dish of food, or other object.
- Sports A floor pad to protect athletes, as in wrestling or gymnastics.
- A densely woven or thickly tangled mass: a mat of hair.
- The solid part of a lace design.
- A heavy woven net of rope or wire cable placed over a blasting site to keep debris from scattering.
verbmat·ted, mat·ting, mats
- To cover, protect, or decorate with mats or a mat.
- To pack or interweave into a thick mass: High winds matted the leaves against the base of the fence.
Origin of matMiddle English, from Old English matte, from Late Latin matta, of Phoenician origin; see n&tlowdot;y in Semitic roots.
- A decorative border placed around a picture to serve as a frame or provide contrast between the picture and the frame.
- also mattea. A dull, often rough finish, as of paint, glass, metal, or paper.b. A special tool for producing such a surface or finish.
- Printing See matrix.
transitive verbmat·ted, mat·ting, mats
- To put a mat around (a picture).
- To produce a dull finish on.
Origin of matFrom French, dull, from Old French, defeated, withered, perhaps from Latin mattus, stupefied, senseless, possibly from *maditus, past participle of madēre, to be wet.
- (biblical) Book of Matthew, also see:
mat - Computer Definition
A PC or other data terminal connected to the maintenance port of a PBX or key telephone system (KTS) in order that authorized users can access the system software for purposes that might include Move, Add, and Change (MAC) activity; Class of Service (CoS) changes; automatic route selection (ARS) programming; requests for traffic and usage statistics; requests for status reports; and diagnostic testing and analysis. Remote maintenance generally can be accomplished over the PSTN via a modem connection.