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mat    : [m'æt]
Mat \Mat\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Matted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Matting}.]
1. To cover or lay with mats. --Evelyn.
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2. To twist, twine, or felt together; to interweave into, or
like, a mat; to entangle.
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And o'er his eyebrows hung his matted hair.
--Dryden.
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Mat \Mat\ (m[a^]t), n. [Cf. {Matte}.]
A name given by coppersmiths to an alloy of copper, tin,
iron, etc., usually called white metal. [Written also
{matt}.]
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Mat \Mat\, a. [OF. See 4th {Mate}.]
Cast down; dejected; overthrown; slain. [Obs.]
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When he saw them so piteous and so maat. --Chaucer.
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Mat \Mat\, v. i.
To grow thick together; to become interwoven or felted
together like a mat, as hair when wetted with a sticky
substance; as, a long-haired cat whose fur is matted.
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Mat \Mat\, n. [AS. matt, meatt, fr. L. matta a mat made of
rushes.]
1. A thick flat fabric of sedge, rushes, flags, husks, straw,
hemp, or similar material, placed on the floor and used
for wiping and cleaning shoes at the door, for covering
the floor of a hall or room to protect its surface, and
for other purposes.
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2. Any similar flat object made of fabric or other material,
such as rubber or plastic, placed flat on a surface for
various uses, as for covering plant houses, putting
beneath dishes or lamps on a table, securing rigging from
friction, and the like.
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3. Anything growing thickly, or closely interwoven, so as to
resemble a mat in form or texture; as, a mat of weeds; a
mat of hair.
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4. An ornamental border made of paper, pasterboard, metal,
etc., put under the glass which covers a framed picture;
as, the mat of a daguerreotype.
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{Mat grass}. (Bot.)
(a) A low, tufted, European grass ({Nardus stricta}).
(b) Same as {Matweed}.

{Mat rush} (Bot.), a kind of rush ({Scirpus lacustris}) used
in England for making mats.
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mat
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 thick flat pad used as a floor covering
2: mounting consisting of a border or background for a picture
[synonym: {mat}, {matting}]
3: sports equipment consisting of a piece of thick padding on
the floor for gymnastic sports [synonym: {mat}, {gym mat}]
4: a mass that is densely tangled or interwoven; "a mat of weeds
and grass"
5: a master's degree in teaching [synonym: {Master of Arts in
Teaching}, {MAT}]
6: the property of having little or no contrast; lacking
highlights or gloss [synonym: {flatness}, {lusterlessness},
{lustrelessness}, {mat}, {matt}, {matte}]
7: a small pad of material that is used to protect surface from
an object placed on it
v 1: twist together or entwine into a confusing mass; "The child
entangled the cord" [synonym: {entangle}, {tangle}, {mat},
{snarl}] [ant: {disentangle}, {straighten out}, {unsnarl}]
2: 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}]

214 Moby Thesaurus words for "mat":
achromatic, achromic, agora, air mattress, amphitheater, anemic,
arena, ashen, ashy, athletic field, auditorium, background,
barrier, bear garden, bedding, bled white, blind, bloodless,
bolster, bowl, boxing ring, braid, brattice, buffer, buffer state,
bulkhead, bull ring, bumper, cadaverous, campus, canvas, carpet,
carpeting, chloranemic, circus, cloison, cockpit, coliseum,
collision mat, colorless, colosseum, course, crop, cushion, dead,
deaden, deadened, deadly pale, deathly pale, diaphragm, dim,
dimmed, dingy, discolored, dissepiment, dividing line,
dividing wall, division, doormat, drab, drop cloth, duckboards,
dull, enlace, entwine, etiolated, exsanguinated, exsanguine,
exsanguineous, faded, faint, fallow, fender, field, flat, fleece,
floor, floorboards, flooring, forum, ghastly, gray, ground,
ground cloth, ground-sheet, gym, gymnasium, haggard, hall, head,
head of hair, hippodrome, hueless, hypochromic,
innerspring mattress, interknit, interlace, interseptum, intertie,
intertissue, intertwine, intertwist, interweave, intort, knit,
lace, lackluster, leaden, lifeless, lists, locale, locks, loom,
loop, lurid, lusterless, mane, marketplace, mattress, mealy,
midriff, midsection, milieu, mop, muddy, muted, net, neutral,
noose, open forum, pad, palaestra, pale, pale as death, pale-faced,
pallet, pallid, panel, parade ground, paries, partition,
party wall, pasty, pave, pavement, pillow, pit, place, plait,
platform, pleach, precinct, prize ring, property line,
public square, purlieu, raddle, range, ring, rug, sallow, scene,
scene of action, scenery, separation, septulum, septum, setting,
shag, shock, shock pad, sickly, site, sleeping bag, somber, sphere,
splice, springs, squared circle, stadium, stage, stage set,
stage setting, tallow-faced, terrain, thatch, theater, tiling,
tilting ground, tiltyard, tissue, tone down, toneless, tresses,
twill, twine, twist, uncolored, underbed, underbedding, walk, wall,
wan, washed-out, wattle, waxen, weak, weave, web, welcome mat,
whey-faced, white, wreathe, wrestling ring




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