1A piece of coarse material placed on a floor for people to wipe their feet on.
- 1.1A small rug.
- 1.2A piece of thick or resilient material for lying on or for landing on in gymnastics, wrestling, or similar sports.
- 1.3A piece of coarse material for lying on.
- ‘a beach mat’
2A small piece of cork, card, or fabric placed on a table or other surface to protect it from the heat or moisture of an object placed on it.table mat, place matView synonyms
3A thick, untidy layer of something hairy or woolly.
mass, tangle, knot, mop, thatch, shock, mane, cluster, meshView synonyms
- ‘his chest was covered by a thick mat of soft fair hair’
transitive verbtransitive verb mats, transitive verb matting, transitive verb matted[with object]
1Tangle (something, especially hair) in a thick mass.‘the fur on its flank was matted with blood’
tangle, entangle, knot, ravel, snarl upView synonyms
- ‘sweat matted his hair’
- 1.1no object Become tangled.
- ‘dog hair mats more quickly than human hair’
- go to the mat
Vigorously engage in an argument, especially on behalf of another.
- ‘we will go to the mat for those who are willing to help us out’
Being reprimanded by someone in authority.
With military reference to the orderly room mat, where an accused would stand before the commanding officer.
Old English m(e)att(e), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch mat and German Matte, from late Latin matta, from Phoenician.