Mattress meaning

mătrĭs
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A form of retaining wall used to support foundations or an embankment.
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A closely woven mat of brush and poles used to protect an embankment, a dike, or a dam from erosion.
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A pad on which a person can recline and sleep, usually having an inner section of coiled springs covered with foam or other cushioning material then enclosed with cloth fabric.
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A mass or mat of interwoven brushwood, poles, etc. used to protect an embankment or dike from erosion, etc.
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Origin of mattress

  • Middle English mattresse from Old French materas from Old Italian materasso and from Medieval Latin matracium both from Arabic maṭraḥ place where something is thrown, mat, cushion from ṭaraḥa to throw ṭrḥ in Semitic roots

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

  • From Middle English materas, from Old French, from Arabic مطرح (máʈraħ, “place where something is thrown"), from طرح (ʈáraħa, “to throw").

    From Wiktionary