Pronunciation: (mat), [key]
n., v., mat•ted, mat•ting.

1. 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.
2. a smaller piece of material, often ornamental, set under a dish of food, a lamp, vase, etc.
3. Sports.
a. the padded canvas covering the entire floor of a wrestling ring, for protecting the contestants from injury when thrown.
b. a thick pad placed on the floor for the protection of tumblers and others engaged in gymnastic sports.
4. a thickly growing or thick and tangled mass, as of hair or weeds.
5. a sack made of matting, as for coffee or sugar.
6. a slablike footing of concrete, esp. one for an entire building.
7. a heavy mesh reinforcement for a concrete slab.
8. go to the mat, to contend or struggle in a determined or unyielding way: The President is going to the mat with Congress over the proposed budget cuts.

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

to become entangled; form tangled masses.


Pronunciation: (mat), [key]
n., v., mat•ted, mat•ting.

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.

to provide (a picture) with a mat.


Pronunciation: (mat), [key]
adj., n., v., mat•ted, mat•ting.


Pronunciation: (mat), [key]
n. Print.
1. the intaglio, usually of papiermâché, impressed from type or a cut, from which a stereotype plate is cast.
2. matrix (def. 8).


1. matins.
2. maturity.


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