A round blue bathroom mat.
- 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 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) mitt?h, a cover
transitive verbmat′ted, mat′ting
- 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< matnoun 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
transitive verbmat′ted, mat′ting
- to produce a dull finish on (metal, glass, etc.)
- to apply a mat to (a picture)
- 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 matte from Old English matta, meatte from Late Latin matta of Phoenician origin n&tlowdot;y
- A decorative border placed around a picture to serve as a frame or provide contrast between the picture and the frame.
- also matte a. 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.