Mat definition

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A small flat piece of decorated material placed under a lamp, dish of food, or other object.
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(sports) A floor pad to protect athletes, as in wrestling or gymnastics.
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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.

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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.

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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.
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A densely woven or thickly tangled mass.

A mat of hair.

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The solid part of a lace design.
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A heavy woven net of rope or wire cable placed over a blasting site to keep debris from scattering.
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To cover, protect, or decorate with mats or a mat.
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To pack or interweave into a thick mass.

High winds matted the leaves against the base of the fence.

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To be packed or interwoven into a thick mass; become entangled.
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A decorative border placed around a picture to serve as a frame or provide contrast between the picture and the frame.
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A dull, often rough finish, as of paint, glass, metal, or paper.
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A special tool for producing such a surface or finish.
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To put a mat around (a picture).
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To produce a dull finish on.
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Master of Arts in Teaching.
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Matinee.
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A flat, coarse fabric made of woven or plaited hemp, straw, rope, rushes, etc., often used as a floor covering.
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A piece of this or of corrugated rubber, cocoa fiber, etc., used variously as a doormat, bathmat, or removable floor covering for a car.
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A thickly padded floor covering, esp. one used in a gymnasium for tumbling, wrestling, etc.
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Anything densely interwoven or felted, or growing in a thick tangle.

A mat of hair.

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(naut.) A thick web of rope yarn, used to protect rigging from wear.
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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.
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A pad, as of rubber or plastic, used to protect the surface of an oven, sink, etc.
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To cover with or as with a mat or mats.
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To interweave, felt, or tangle together into a thick mass.
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To be interwoven, felted, or tangled together into a thick mass.
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A border, as of cardboard or cloth, put around a picture, either as the frame or, usually, between the picture and the frame.
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To produce a dull finish on (metal, glass, etc.)
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To apply a mat to (a picture)
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(informal) A matrix; printing mold.
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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.
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A diminutive of the male given name Matthew.
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(biblical) Book of Matthew, also see.
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go to the mat
  • to engage willingly in a struggle or dispute, as on another's behalf
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
mat
Plural:
mats

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of mat

  • From French dull from Old French defeated, withered perhaps from Latin mattus stupefied, senseless possibly from maditus past participle of madēre to be wet

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English matte from Late Latin matta of Phoenician origin nṭy in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition