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matte    : [m'æt]
Matte \Matte\ (m[a^]t), n. [F. matte; cf. F. mat, masc., matte,
fem., faint, dull, dim; -- said of metals. See {Mate}
1. (Metallurgy) A partly reduced copper sulphide, obtained by
alternately roasting and melting copper ore in separating
the metal from associated iron ores, and called {coarse
metal}, {fine metal}, etc., according to the grade of
fineness. On the exterior it is dark brown or black, but
on a fresh surface is yellow or bronzy in color.
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2. A dead or dull finish, as in gilding where the gold leaf
is not burnished, or in painting where the surface is
purposely deprived of gloss.
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matte \matte\ (m[a^]t), a.
Having a dull, lusterless surface finish; opposed to {glossy}
or polished; as, a matte photograph; a proof coin with matte
figures on a polished field.

adj 1: not reflecting light; not glossy; "flat wall paint"; "a
photograph with a matte finish" [synonym: {flat}, {mat},
{matt}, {matte}, {matted}]
n 1: a mixture of sulfides that forms when sulfide metal ores
are smelted
2: the property of having little or no contrast; lacking
highlights or gloss [synonym: {flatness}, {lusterlessness},
{lustrelessness}, {mat}, {matt}, {matte}]
v 1: change texture so as to become matted and felt-like; "The
fabric felted up after several washes" [synonym: {felt}, {felt
up}, {mat up}, {matt-up}, {matte up}, {matte}, {mat}]

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