Main definitions of matte in English

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(British matt)
(British matt) (also mat)

Pronunciation /mat/ /mæt/

adjective

  • (of a color, paint, or surface) dull and flat; without a shine.

    ‘prints are available on matte or glossy paper’
    ‘a matte black’
    • ‘The play between glossy and matt surfaces lends a subtle complexity to a simple restaurant fitout.’
    • ‘Surface quality of the mat side at the final gauge was the most important parameter to be controlled.’
    • ‘Its matt surface could be further polished and worked.’
    • ‘The walls should be finished in medium dark shades with a matt surface.’
    • ‘The matt colours sustain the idea of a quiet experience and the abstract form of painting allows for a personal interpretation.’
    • ‘Grunting, I twisted my head and spied a few fallen fragments of scale, each one a dull matt black.’
    • ‘The metal carried a slight, bluish matt tint and was utterly smooth.’
    • ‘The paintings consist of flat planes of Matthews' matte beige, and other parts which allude again to landscape without depicting it.’
    • ‘It is rapidly absorbed by the skin, leaving a light, matt film on the surface which keeps the skin looking, and feeling, soft and hydrated.’
    • ‘You can paint them a dull matt grey to blend in against the sky, but they will stand out.’
    • ‘The turbine blades for the West End project would be made of wood epoxy and painted matt black, the polypropylene turbine head would also be painted black and the galvanised steel tower would be dull grey.’
    • ‘It's pretty impressive stuff; on the side of Manchester's old ship canal, a huge shard of silver seems to have fallen from the skies and impaled itself into a mass of matt black.’
    • ‘In the spring and summer, use containers in soft blues; in autumn and winter, a few pots in matt black planted with tiny, scented cyclamen are also charming and easy.’
    • ‘Each piece is clean and simple, with an undecorated matte surface.’
    • ‘The system is available in 19 matt lacquer colours as well as in bleached or dark oak and with a choice of six different glass doors.’
    • ‘The keys are big enough, and of themselves perfectly visible, black on matt silver.’
    • ‘The large portraits of farm workers are shot against a white background and printed on a matte surface.’
    • ‘Presentation is austere: the hardback, which is matt black with silvered lettering, has no dust jacket, no tables, and no illustrations.’
    • ‘It's easy enough to print out photographs on A4 size paper, of course, and I have achieved very good results using both glossy and matt photographic quality paper.’
    • ‘I bought two pairs of the exact same shoe but in different colours: a weird quilted-look silver and matte black.’
    dull, lacklustre, matt, flat, unburnished, unpolished, tarnished, dingy, dim, dark, drab

noun

  • 1A matte paint or finish.

    ‘the varnishes are available in gloss, satin, and matte’
    • ‘The rod is tied in dark red thread over the cane coloured blank, and the overall finish is matt.’
    • ‘The shutters, window seats and surround are a very dark varnish and maybe should have been matt to give a softer finish.’
    netting, net, network, tracery, reticulation
  • 2A sheet of cardboard placed on the back of a picture, either as a mount or to form a border.

    ‘try mounting prints against a deep matte or ground of the same background color’
    • ‘The photographs were printed on 8 x 10 sheets, sepia-toned, and presented with ivory-toned mattes and walnut-stained mahogany frames.’

transitive verbmattes, matting, matted

[with object]
  • Give a matte appearance to (something)

    ‘its bright fresh surface was soon matted with dust and insects’
    • ‘Afterwards, it was matted down with an industrial scrubber and made to look like marble.’
    • ‘Why not consult him and simply matte the image to recreate the 1.85: 1 aspect ratio?’
    • ‘Other teachers may prefer to matte the prints for wall display and place photocopies of the notes beside them for students to read.’
    • ‘The footage all has a drab, flat feel and the 1.33: 1 full frame image is badly matted.’
    • ‘The image is matted with a 16 mm-style frame, just as it was presented in the theatres.’
    • ‘Have a friend photograph them with a decent camera in nice light, and then print them out in a postcard-sized print and matt them so they look really nice.’
    untidy, messy, scruffy, disordered, dishevelled, disarranged, rumpled, windblown, ungroomed, bedraggled, in a mess, messed up, shabby, slovenly, shaggy

Origin

Early 17th century (as a verb): from French mat.

Pronunciation

matte

/mat/ /mæt/

Main definitions of matte in English

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Pronunciation /mat/ /mæt/

noun

  • An impure product of the smelting of sulfide ores, especially those of copper or nickel.

    • ‘Botswana exports are dominated by diamonds, copper/nickel matte, beef and animal products; also exported are textiles and soda ash.’
    • ‘It is thought that further mineral wealth awaits discovery; other exports are copper-nickel matte and beef.’
    • ‘This will be designed to separate the matte / slag product transferred from the furnace.’

Origin

Mid 19th century from French (in Old French meaning ‘curds’), feminine of mat (adjective) ‘matt’, used as a noun.

Pronunciation

matte

/mat/ /mæt/

Main definitions of matte in English

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matte3

Pronunciation /mat/ /mæt/

noun

  • A mask used to obscure part of an image in a film and allow another image to be substituted, combining the two.

    • ‘Virtually inventing methods of composite mattes in film made the invisible man truly come alive and real.’
    • ‘There were a lot, and I mean a lot of space scenes where you could actually see the mattes around the ships, sun and earth.’
    • ‘Because of limited special effects technology at that time, you can easily tell that these are two mattes put together (with outlines around the ship showing like a beacon in the night).’
    • ‘However, the special effects scenes were done with the mattes and you will lose information from the sides during those shots.’
    • ‘Traveling matte was again used to place people on top of the vessel and on the bridge connecting it to land.’
    • ‘There are lots of shots that look fuzzy or soft because of the use of mattes, and overall the serpent looks like he was sculpted out of Play-Doh.’
    • ‘Some of the background mattes appear grainier than the rest of the picture, and sometimes the special effects look a little hokey, but I won't hold those things against the DVD itself.’
    • ‘He mentions it precisely once, as one of several films using matte shots.’
    • ‘A couple of rough mattes here and there take the sheen off, but overall, everything looks good technically.’
    • ‘For this we use alpha mattes, or masks, which allow us to work on certain portions of the building independent of the rest of the rendering.’
    matte, photomask, shadow mask, masking, masking tape

Origin

Mid 19th century from French, perhaps from mat (see matte).

Pronunciation

matte

/mat/ /mæt/