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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n matting mounting consisting of a border or background for a picture
    • n matting a covering of coarse fabric (usually of straw or hemp)
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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 Matting A dull, lusterless surface in certain of the arts, as gilding, metal work, glassmaking, etc.
    • Matting An ornamental border. See 3d Mat, 4.
    • Matting Materials for mats.
    • Matting Mats, in general, or collectively; mat work; a matlike fabric, for use in covering floors, packing articles, and the like; a kind of carpeting made of straw, etc.
    • Matting The act of interweaving or tangling together so as to make a mat; the process of becoming matted.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n matting Materials for mats; matwork.
    • n matting A fabric of some coarse material, as rushes, flags, grass, straw, hemp, bamboo, etc., used for covering floors, as a packing for some kinds of goods, and for various other purposes.
    • n matting Nautical, a texture made of strands of old rope, or of spun-yarn, beaten flat and interwoven, used to prevent chafing.
    • n matting The mat of a picture.—
    • n matting The act or process of producing a dull or roughened surface on metal; specifically, the process of covering plates with varnish in gilding on water-size.
    • n matting A dull, slightly roughened surface, free from polish, produced by the use of the mat.
    • n matting In stained glass, color laid on to deaden a surface or to render glass less transparent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Matting mat′ing a covering with mats: a texture like a mat, but larger: material for mats.
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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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Mat (v. t. & i.)


In literature:

Dockwrath bowed to the head clerk, and passed on to Mat Round's private room.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
Behold, spread a mat for him, there, one of you.
"The Fugitives" by R.M. Ballantyne
Mat is a kind soul and I haven't a doubt he'd be glad to do us a favor.
"Ted and the Telephone" by Sara Ware Bassett
Although the zambuk's sails were of matting, she made better way than either of the ships.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
Mats were laid on the floor to form the bedding, and pieces of cloth served as coverlids.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
To be sure, Mat's prospered beyond everything.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
His eyebrows get so matted if he's left to himself for long.
"Once a Week" by Alan Alexander Milne
There mats and pillows were laid for Teuila and me, and in a few seconds we were fast asleep.
"The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson" by Nellie Van de Grift Sanchez
Furniture is completely wanting but the floor is covered with mats of plaited straw.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
Mats were provided, for the guests, in the centre.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott

In poetry:

You will with the banshee chat,
And will find her good at heart,
Sitting on a warm smooth mat
In the green hill's inmost part.
"A Lover's Quarrel Among the Fairies" by William Butler Yeats
He came, he fell upon a mat,
and reaping a poor slave's reward,
died near the painted hut where sat
his now unconquerable lord.
"The Upas Tree" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
Now to elude the eager pack,
Bear shuns the open ground;
Through matted vines, he shapes his track
And runs it, round and round.
"The Bear Hunt" by Abraham Lincoln
Flashed the roof the sunshine through,
Into space the walls outgrew;
On the Indian's wigwam-mat,
Blossom-crowned, again she sat.
"The Truce of Piscataqua" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Flood hath swallowed dikes and hedges,
Lately by Sesostris planned;
Till, like ropes, its matted edges
Quiver on the desert sand.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
And when the blustering winter winds
Howl in the woods that clothe my cave,
I lay me on my lonely mat,
And pleasant are my dreams.
"The Shipwrecked Solitary's Song To The Night" by Henry Kirke White

In news:

To the Mat on Global Warming.
Mat Latos, who a year ago was in the TinCaps' starting rotation, threw a one hitter and drove in the only run of the game as the San Diego Padres topped the San Francisco Giants 1-0 Thursday.
Don Mattingly did the right thing by having Javy Guerra pitch the ninth inning with the Dodgers and Diamondbacks tied, 4-4, in the ninth inning Tuesday.
Elijah Cummings, Party Man The leftist congressman goes to the mat for unions and his friend the president.
From left, Mat Thurston of Sault Ste.
It's Your Birthday Place Mat (back).
It's Your Birthday Place Mat .
Try your hand at this whimsical, quilted birthday place mat , by Kym Delmar.
This striated pink place mat is tightly woven so it accepts paint easily.
Purchased pink fabric place mat .
Turn finished-edge place mat s into cute pillows with our step-by-step instructions.
Pair of solid-color fabric place mat s.
Dynapac Compactasphalt Lays Two Asphalt Mats Simultaneously .
Two sizes are available with optional anti vibration mats.
1 – Confirm the fur to determine in case it's matted or tangled.

In science:

Privalov, A. A., On the simultaneous interpolation and approximation of continuous functions, Mat.
Constructive Function Theory on Sets of the Complex Plane through Potential Theory and Geometric Function Theory
Manin, Three-dimensional quartics and counterexamples to the L¨uroth problem, Mat.
Rational surfaces in index-one Fano hypersurfaces
Bhattacharjee, cond-mat/0505283 , to appear in ”Statistics of Linear Polymers in Disordered Media”, ed. by B.K.
Random polymers and delocalization transitions
Garel, cond-mat/0603041 “Freezing transition of the directed polymer in a 1 + d random medium: location of the critical temperature and unusual critical properties” C.
Random polymers and delocalization transitions
MatK is K -linear equivalent to VectK , so that it is enough to see that Mat⊕X K ≃K VectK [X ].
Generalized 2-vector spaces and general linear 2-groups