mat

Definitions

  • Paper Mats
    Paper Mats
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj mat not reflecting light; not glossy "flat wall paint","a photograph with a matte finish"
    • v mat change texture so as to become matted and felt-like "The fabric felted up after several washes"
    • v mat twist together or entwine into a confusing mass "The child entangled the cord"
    • n mat a thick flat pad used as a floor covering
    • n mat sports equipment consisting of a piece of thick padding on the floor for gymnastic sports
    • n mat a small pad of material that is used to protect surface from an object placed on it
    • n mat mounting consisting of a border or background for a picture
    • n mat the property of having little or no contrast; lacking highlights or gloss
    • n MAT a master's degree in teaching
    • n mat a mass that is densely tangled or interwoven "a mat of weeds and grass"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah-Mat," which means the king is dead
    • n Mat măt A name given by coppersmiths to an alloy of copper, tin, iron, etc., usually called white metal.
    • Mat 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.
    • Mat An ornamental border made of paper, pasterboard, metal, etc., put under the glass which covers a framed picture; as, the mat of a daguerreotype.
    • Mat 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.
    • Mat 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.
    • a Mat Cast down; dejected; overthrown; slain. "When he saw them so piteous and so maat ."
    • Mat To cover or lay with mats.
    • v. i Mat 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 .
    • Mat To twist, twine, or felt together; to interweave into, or like, a mat; to entangle. "And o'er his eyebrows hung his matted hair."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mat An article plaited or woven of more or less coarse material, as rushes, straw, coir, rope, twine, or thick woolen yarn, of various sizes and shapes according to the use to which it is to be put. Mats are especially used for covering or protecting floors, as door-mats for wiping the shoes upon, etc. A similar but usually lighter material used as packing, for covering floors or passages, etc., is called matting. The skin of an animal with thick hair or wool is sometimes used as a mat; and articles serving as door-mats, and so called, are also made of india-rubber, and even of thin upright strips of steel. Table-mats are thin sheets or plates of straw or the like to set hot dishes upon. In Japan very thick soft mats, consisting of a wooden frame measuring about 6 feet by 3 feet, covered with straw matting and backed with closely packed drawn straws, are used for flooring, resting on posts, and on these the people sit, eat, and sleep. In China and other Asiatic countries portable mats of about the same size are used for beds, and are commonly carried for that purpose in traveling.
    • n mat A web of rope-yarn used on ships to secure the standing rigging from the friction of the yards, etc.
    • n mat Matting; woven rushes or straw.
    • n mat A structure of interwoven withes, weeds, brush, or the like, or of fascines, fastened with ropes and wires, used as a revetment on river-banks, etc.; a mattress.
    • n mat A sack made of matting, such as are used to contain coffee or to cover tea-chests; specifically, such a sack containing a certain quantity of coffee.
    • n mat Anything closely set, dense, and thick: as, a mat of hair; a mat of weeds.
    • n mat A piece of thick paper, cardboard, or other material placed for protection or ornament immediately under the glass in a picture-frame, with enough of the central part cut out for the proper display of the picture (usually a drawing, engraving, or photograph).
    • n mat In lace-making, the solid or closely worked surface, as distinguished from the more open part.
    • mat To cover or overlay with mats or matting.
    • mat To make like a mat; cause to resemble a mat; twist together; interweave like a mat; entangle: as, matted hair.
    • mat To grow thick together; become interwoven like a mat.
    • mat An obsolete form of mate.
    • mat Having a dull or dead surface: unpolished; lusterless: as, mat gold; mat silver.
    • n mat A dull or dead surface, without luster, produced in metals, as gold or silver, by special tools.
    • n mat [⟨ mat, verb] An implement by which a mat surface is produced, as in gold or silver.
    • mat To produce a rough or unpolished surface on (metal), whether by means of a mat or by engraving with a sharp tool.
    • n mat In phytogeography, a mat-like aggregation of tufts from basal branches. Compare mat-plant. Pound and Clements.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mat mat a texture of sedge, rushes, straw, &c. for cleaning the feet on: a web of rope-yarn: an ornamental border for a picture: a piece of cloth, &c. put below dishes on a table: anything like a mat in appearance, thick and closely set: any interwoven structure used as a revetment on river-banks, &c.: a sack of matting used to cover tea and coffee chests, such a sack containing a certain quantity of coffee: the closely-worked portion of lace: any annular pad to protect the head in bearing burdens
    • v.t Mat to cover with mats: to interweave: to entangle:—pr.p. mat′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. mat′ted
    • adj., n Mat mat having a dull or dead surface, without lustre: an instrument by means of which such is produced
    • v.t Mat to produce such a surface on metal
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Idioms

Go to the mat - (USA) If people go to the mat, they continue to struggle or fight to the end, until they have either won or have finally been defeated.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. matt, meatt, fr. L. matta, a mat made of rushes

Usage

In literature:

When Noa had gone, the girl drew herself wearily up the ladder, and dropped on a cool palm mat near the never ceasing loom.
"Tales of the Malayan Coast" by Rounsevelle Wildman
After some further toil his efforts were rewarded, and a very shabby door-mat lay exposed to view.
"The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame
All this, however, had nothing to do with Mat and myself.
"Mugby Junction" by Charles Dickens
This divan is protected from rain by the semi-dome, and from the sun by curtains or mats hung across the arched opening.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
Our matting, promised within two hours from the moment of purchase, was the last thing to arrive.
"The Van Dwellers" by Albert Bigelow Paine
From the center of one cut a star one inch smaller for a mat.
"Construction Work for Rural and Elementary Schools" by Virginia McGaw
They made and sold mats, baskets, and small articles of wood.
"Gipsy Life being an account of our Gipsies and their children" by George Smith
I don't know how she felt, but I was glad to drop down on to a mat they gave us.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
And he has a look of Mat about him, too, only he is handsomer and better set up than Mat ever was.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
A mat is to be let down from the top in severe weather, and taken up when it is mild.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Put him into a mat, and roll him up in it without killing him.
"Aino Folk-Tales" by Basil Hall Chamberlain
Thirty mats are spread upon the floor.
"Lotus Buds" by Amy Carmichael
Wherefore Christ also confirms it in Mat.
"The Epistles of St. Peter and St. Jude Preached and Explained" by Martin Luther
They probably sleep at night upon a straw mat spread upon the earthen floor, and we much doubt if they are ever washed.
"Aztec Land" by Maturin M. Ballou
In Turkey the floor is always covered with matting, and the matting, in its turn, is so closely covered with rugs as to be quite concealed.
"Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern" by Rosa Belle Holt
This done, he spread out a light straw mat for his bed.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
They found themselves in a matted hall, lined almost to the ceiling with pictures.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
The door, if any, consisted of a pendant mat.
"History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia" by Charles Campbell
Then under the mats on the floor, but again they could not find him.
"Legends of Ma-ui--a demi god of Polynesia, and of his mother Hina" by W. D. Westervelt
On the mat, man of Gyra.
"Earthsmith" by Milton Lesser
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In poetry:

But someha, awr Mat seemed to think,
'At Sally, soa hansum an trim;
For a partner throo life owt to luk
Wi' somdy mich better nor him.
"A Pair O' Black Een" by John Hartley
"That scamp! But aw'll sattle wi' him!"
Says Mat, as shoo threw on her shawl,--
"Aw warned her agean weddin Tim,--
But aw'll let him see;--sharply an all!"
"A Pair O' Black Een" by John Hartley
From the Crystal Hills to the far southeast
The river Sagamores came to the feast;
And chiefs whose homes the sea-winds shook
Sat down on the mats of Pennacook.
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Yet Winnepurkit came not,—on the mat
Of the scorned wife her dusky rival sat;
And he, the while, in Western woods afar,
Urged the long chase, or trod the path of war.
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The Dark eye has left us,
The Spring-bird has flown;
On the pathway of spirits
She wanders alone.
The song of the wood-dove has died on our shore
Mat wonck kunna-monee! We hear it no more!
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The crocus-yellow ilima grows beside
His grave: 'tis where canoes once sailed
For Bolotua and the Southern Seas;
His house is overgrown that quiet house
That had an old man sleeping on its mats.
"Hawaii" by Padraic Colum

In news:

Terry Mattingly directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
The Alaska Moose Federation expanded its moose salvage program to the Mat-Su area on Friday and almost immediately got its first call.
A ricin scare at Fort Bragg put military and Fayetteville haz-mat crews on high alert after reports emerged of someone having the poisonous substance on post.
I Have To Comment On The Lobster Dinner Haz-Mat Response In Southampton.
The matted wig has been replaced by a natty bowler, and the stick-on mustache has been lost to the ages.
The Wendt home in Collins Park Subdivision put out the welcome mat for Andrew Romanoff .
STOTT PILATES® Rotational Disks on the Mat.
The Rotational Disks can add variety and challenge to mat workouts at any level.
Rough and tumble Clippers take it to the mat.
Rough and tumble Clippers take it to the mat.
Wojdan Shaherkani was greeted with enthusiastic applause when she stepped onto the mat at London's Excel Centre and made history Friday morning as the first woman from Saudi Arabia to compete in an Olympic Games.
NZRL roll out welcome mat for SBW .
3M Nomad Scraper Matting 6050.
3M has added new colors, four-side edging and custom sizes to the 3M Nomad Scraper Matting 6050 line.
New, integral four-side edging has also been made available on standard-sized 24" x 34", 3' x 5' and 4' x 6' mats.
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In science:

Kre˘ın, Analytic properties of the Schmidt pairs of a Hankel operator and the generalized Schur-Takagi problem, Mat.
A note on interpolation in the generalized Schur class
Lunin, On operator norms of submatrices. (Russian) Mat.
Coordinate restrictions of linear operators in $l_2^n$
Continentino, and O. F. de Alcantara Bonfim, cond-mat/0011479 ~unpublished!.
Bond-randomness-induced Neel order in weakly coupled antiferromagnetic spin chains
Sharipov R. A., Newtonian normal shift in multidimensional Riemannian geometry, Mat.
On the concept of normal shift in non-metric geometry
Kurkova Rigorous results on some simple spin glass models cond-mat/0206562 and references therein. F.
Replica bounds for optimization problems and diluted spin systems
Parisi, The cavity method at zero temperature cond-mat/0207121.
Replica bounds for optimization problems and diluted spin systems
Piotrowski, J. S ladkowski, The merchandising mathematician model, Physica A, in press; cond-mat/0102174.
Fixed point theorem for simple quantum strategies in quantum market games
The only difference with the usual matter-dominated case is that we do not have Ωmat = 1 in the above equation.
Cosmological parameters estimation in the Quintessence Paradigm
When Ωmat = 1, one gets the usual result that the growing mode goes as δ+ ∝ a.
Cosmological parameters estimation in the Quintessence Paradigm
If we now suppose that Ωmat = 0.3, then the growing mode goes as δ+ ∝ a0.466 .
Cosmological parameters estimation in the Quintessence Paradigm
Series expansions for level-spacing distributions of the Gaussian unitary random matrix ensemble. arXiv:cond-mat/0211279.
Discrete Painlev\'e equations and random matrix averages
Zecchina The random K-satisfiability problem: from an analytic solution to an efficient algorithm cond-mat 0207194 . 3. S.A.
On the probabilistic approach to the random satisfiability problem
Streater, R. F., The information manifold for relatively bounded potentials, Trudy Mat.
Duality in quantum information manifolds
Cyclization of a Polymer: A First Passage Problem for a Non-Markovian Process. arXiv:cond-mat/0207159. [Stanford et al. 2000] Stanford, N. P., M. D.
Ribosome recycling, diffusion, and mRNA loop formation in translational regulation
Andreanov, A., Barbieri, F. and Martin, O.C. (2003) Large deviations in spin glass ground state energies. preprint cond-mat/0307709 .
On large deviation properties of Erdos-Renyi random graphs
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