Main definitions of mat in English

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noun

  • 1A piece of coarse material placed on a floor for people to wipe their feet on.

    rug, runner, carpet, drugget
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    1. 1.1A small rug.
      rug, runner, carpet, drugget
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    2. 1.2A piece of thick or resilient material for lying on or for landing on in gymnastics, wrestling, or similar sports.
    3. 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 mat
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  • 3A thick, untidy layer of something hairy or woolly.

    • ‘his chest was covered by a thick mat of soft fair hair’
    mass, tangle, knot, mop, thatch, shock, mane, cluster, mesh
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Pronunciation

mat

/mat/ /mæt/

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’
    • ‘sweat matted his hair’
    tangle, entangle, knot, ravel, snarl up
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    1. 1.1no object Become tangled.
      • ‘dog hair mats more quickly than human hair’

Pronunciation

mat

/mat/ /mæt/

Phrases

    go to the mat
    informal
    • 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’
    on the mat
    informal
    • Being reprimanded by someone in authority.

      Origin

      With military reference to the orderly room mat, where an accused would stand before the commanding officer.

Origin

Old English m(e)att(e), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch mat and German Matte, from late Latin matta, from Phoenician.

Main definitions of mat in English

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mat2

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noun

short for matrix (sense 3)

Pronunciation

mat

/mat/ /mæt/

Main definitions of mat in English

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mat3

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noun

variant spelling of matte (noun)

Pronunciation

mat

/mat/ /mæt/

verb

variant spelling of matte (verb)

Pronunciation

mat

/mat/ /mæt/