Main definitions of mat in English

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noun

  • 1A piece of coarse material placed on a floor for people to wipe their feet on.

    • ‘She was looking at the rubber mat under her feet of the passenger's side seat.’
    • ‘I went in, ignoring him, and stopped on the welcome mat where people might wipe their shoes.’
    • ‘Walking through the doorway Kim carefully wiped her feet on the small mat at the door.’
    • ‘She wiped her feet on the welcome mat and stepped into the house.’
    • ‘As he came in stamping his muddy feet on the porch mat, she paused in the kitchen to listen.’
    • ‘When he walks into the blackness of the entryway, he turns and wipes his feet onto the floor mat before pulling his shoes off.’
    rug, runner, carpet, drugget
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    1. 1.1A small rug.
      • ‘On the more popular routes old carpets and rubber mats eased the ankle-snapping trudge from one ice sheet to the next.’
      • ‘‘The children lay on a mat on the floor and not on a bed,’ she explained.’
      • ‘Apart from the larger engine and the automation of the gearchange, extra standard equipment is confined to items such as floor mats and seat back pockets.’
      • ‘She's rewarded with meals of vegetables and rice, and sleeps on a mat on the floor in the back of a flower shop.’
      • ‘Up at 4am for the first of five prayers a day, they sleep on thin mats on the floor in unheated dormitories.’
      • ‘The abbot indicated that I should sit on a straw mat at his feet.’
      • ‘The floor mats have also accumulated their share of dirt and crumbs, the paint job and hubcaps have a few minor road dings, and the dashboard is dusty.’
      • ‘Fifteen inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, a CD player and dedicated carpet mats are included.’
      • ‘She said that she was sleeping on a mat on the floor of her hut - as usual - and the rat crept up and bit her finger.’
      • ‘Contemporary coverings like mats and rugs can change the whole appearance of our homes.’
      • ‘Books, a floor mat, a CD player and a few odd bits of furniture complete the very functional interior of her home.’
      • ‘In Japan, every home is floored with elegant rice mats, called tatami.’
      • ‘As you can see behind me, they have people actually sleeping on mats on the floor because they've just had to continue to allow people in.’
      • ‘People who are going to take part are asked to bring a mat or rug.’
      • ‘When the job is finished, you should not place items such as mats on the floor for several weeks, as they will cause discolouration.’
      • ‘To allow the practitioner to use his or her body weight, the patient usually lies on mats on the floor during treatment.’
      • ‘There is a mat on the floor, a hammock, and a few boxes and plastic bags filled with clothes.’
      • ‘Some may insist you sleep on mats on hard floors to straighten out the spine, but they are in a minority.’
      • ‘She wears a yellow shirt and a blue-and-green sarong, and sits with me on a woven mat on the dirt floor of an empty room.’
      • ‘In traditional homes, floor seating is still very much alive and floor mats make easy cleaning and maintenance.’
    2. 1.2A piece of thick or resilient material for lying on or for landing on in gymnastics, wrestling, or similar sports.
      • ‘I found a few large gymnast mats leaning up against the white brick wall by a storage closet.’
      • ‘Well, we're standing in the middle of a wrestling mat, so you know what's going to happen.’
      • ‘In her mind, she was just back on the practice mats in the enormous gymnasium.’
      • ‘My opponent was running around the wrestling mat waving his arms in a celebratory gesture as he assumed the match was his.’
      • ‘He sprawled across the landing mat and ended up on his backside.’
      • ‘As her feet hit the mat, a score of 9.95 flashed across the board.’
      • ‘The students are getting their shoes and skirts on before sitting on mats placed onto the floor and beginning their warm-ups and stretches.’
      • ‘It is a well-known fact that I wouldn't even last five minutes on the gymnastics mat.’
      • ‘In one corner of the huge basement was a tall fenced off area that held the gymnastics mats in the small space beyond.’
      • ‘I remember afternoons in first grade when the entire class was forced to take thirty-minute naps on blue gymnastic mats.’
      • ‘If you have made your opponent unstable, the force that can rotate him about his feet to the mat is the gravitational pull on him.’
      • ‘She returns to the gymnastics mat, growing with every tumble into an Olympic champion.’
      • ‘He left everything he had on the wrestling mat and football field each and every time he competed.’
      • ‘Wrestling mats are not cheap and it can cost a small fortune to equip your wrestling room.’
      • ‘It also has an Olympic-size swimming pool and indoor gyms with wrestling and judo mats, fencing strips and a boxing ring.’
      • ‘We get floor mats out at this stage and do approximately 40-50 press-ups.’
      • ‘Lie on the floor with your lower back pressed into the mat, feet on the ball, arms at your sides and neck in neutral alignment.’
      • ‘Vaulting into mats stacked in the pit, the French gymnasts attempted several difficult vaults.’
      • ‘Then I walked downstairs to the basement and did some gymnastics on my mats.’
      • ‘Then there's the beam that's four inches wide and three feet off the mat.’
  • 2A small piece of cork, card, or fabric placed on a table or other surface to protect it from the heat or moisture of an object placed on it.

    • ‘Games were played across plastic mats resting on cafeteria tables.’
    • ‘The cards and board mats are homemade, but laminated nicely and are quite sturdy.’
    • ‘I looked at the living room we were sitting in, noticing that the main color was red and beige and even the eating table had red mats on it.’
    • ‘Finally, the committee said that food vendors should place a rubber mat under their booths to protect the area from oil and cooking grease.’
    • ‘The mat on the change table was yellow, the blanket in the crib was green and yellow, and the cushion on the rocking chair was yellow.’
    • ‘Hot grease can burn through the sealant layer on stone, so a mat around your cooker is a good idea.’
    • ‘In four years, there was just the one breakthrough: the cork mat.’
    • ‘He is clearing the cards, the chips, the checkered mat off the table, putting them neatly into a briefcase.’
    • ‘Place the fabric on the cutting mat, refolding it to align the cut bias edges.’
    table mat, place mat
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    1. 2.1British A small piece of rigid or slightly resilient material on which a computer mouse is moved.
      • ‘But how many people are going to use a slow-refresh-rate cordless mouse, with an uber-cool-but-expensive mouse mat?’
      • ‘While it does take a slight increase in effort to slide the mouse over the mat, accurate mousing is now much easier.’
      • ‘A mouse mat made of glass seems to be asking for trouble.’
      • ‘The mouse is noticeably stickier to move over the worn surface of the mat, especially when compared to the non-worn surface.’
      • ‘While the texture of the mouse mat did take some getting used to, it provided enough resistance to allow for precise mousing but also provided a smooth almost ‘silky’ glide across the surface.’
      • ‘I would have personally liked to see it a little bit bigger and I don't think I would be alone in this, but when compared to a standard mouse mat the extra size is a big bonus that gives you a lot of added real estate.’
      • ‘Whether it's a fabric or plastic mat, or even a piece of paper, most would say that a mouse pad is a mouse pad.’
      • ‘I had one which cost me about $40 in 1992, and having to always use the special mouse mat was a pain.’
      • ‘A good mouse mat, like my new office chair, may cost money that you could easily save, but you'll find it's worth its cost when you rely on it day in day out.’
      • ‘The humble mouse mat design has progressed over the years to try and provide users with the optimum mousing surface.’
      • ‘It combines pre-programmed buttons and smart card technology to create a wired mouse mat that's more than just a pretty picture.’
      • ‘About three years ago, there was a bit of a revolution in the mouse mat industry.’
      • ‘This is a mouse designed to work without a mouse mat, to eliminate the need for special surfaces.’
      • ‘It comes complete with a mouse, a mouse mat, glow-in-the-dark stickers and a book of instructions.’
      • ‘The mouse mat is 280 mm wide and 200-220 mm from top to bottom.’
  • 3A thick, untidy layer of something hairy or woolly.

    ‘his chest was covered by a thick mat of soft fair hair’
    • ‘Herbivores are quite important for the reef as they keep thick mats of filamentous and leafy algae from smothering the corals.’
    • ‘It spreads rapidly and can form dense mats of vegetation in still or sluggishly flowing waters; in fact it is a menace to the health of the rivers, canals, and lakes which it invades.’
    • ‘It was placed atop of what looked like a collection of abandoned old clothes in the back of the truck, except for the hands or feet or the mats of hair protruding here and there.’
    • ‘I will need some moisture mats - thick layers of hemp fibre matting which sit on top of the waste.’
    • ‘Forming in brackish seawater, layer after layer of mats have left behind clusters of small, sedimentary columns.’
    • ‘They both had thick mats of curly blonde hair that had a tendency to get thick with dust and dirt, and they were both husky and cleverly ugly.’
    • ‘Over the summers the plateau had formed a thick mat of dead grass.’
    • ‘The felt is produced by processing a mat of fibers with moisture, heat, and pressure.’
    • ‘In the low-oxygen conditions there, thick mats of sulfate-reducing bacteria grew on the carbonate rocks.’
    • ‘After the clear-cutting, the north slope germinated a thick mat of young Douglas fir and larch.’
    • ‘Atop his head was a thick mat of dark red hair that bordered on maroon.’
    • ‘These thick mats of seaweed create underwater jungles that are home to fish, urchins, and other marine life.’
    mass, tangle, knot, mop, thatch, shock, mane, cluster, mesh
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Tangle (something, especially hair) in a thick mass.

    ‘the fur on its flank was matted with blood’
    • ‘Her skin felt cooler to my touch, but sweat matted her hair, and a salty-sour scent overlaid her sweeter one.’
    • ‘Her hair was completely matted to her face in perspiration.’
    • ‘Her head thrashed against the ground, her blood matting her hair and mingling with the dirt and blades of grass.’
    • ‘His black hair was matted with grime and clung to his scalp in ungainly tufts.’
    • ‘His black hair was matted down against his tan face, and his brown eyes were red in their whites.’
    • ‘Her sandy hair was matted and tangled, but her eyes shone with crystal clear radiance.’
    • ‘He was asleep, but he was resting fitfully - his black hair was matted against his head, and his breath came out in rasping sighs.’
    • ‘His hair was matted with sweat and he had a pained expression on his face.’
    • ‘Sweat matted his dark hair to his forehead and he swatted at it when it fell into his face but to no avail.’
    • ‘His shimmering blonde hair was matted with blood, originating from a point in the back of his head.’
    • ‘Her hair was all matted down and tangled, and I couldn't start to imagine her taking less than an hour to fix it.’
    • ‘I ran a hand through my tangled, matted black hair self-consciously.’
    • ‘By now, the sun is up and angrily drying up your sweat, matting your hair and hardening your uniform.’
    • ‘His stringy black hair was matted against his forehead, most likely due to the intense heat and the fact that he had been working all day.’
    • ‘Sweat soaked through her clothes and matted her short red hair.’
    • ‘His hair was matted down completely from the helmet he had been wearing, and with a grunt he pulled free of the jacket he had been wearing.’
    • ‘An enormous hide of tangled and matted hair appeared directly outside his window.’
    • ‘They wore dark, heavy cloaks and most of them had black matted hair.’
    • ‘His hair was matted down with white paint, mostly contained within the ponytail he had put his hair into before they started working.’
    • ‘His short, lavender hair was matted down from sweat and being constantly covered.’
    tangle, entangle, knot, ravel, snarl up
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    1. 1.1[no object]Become tangled.
      ‘dog hair mats more quickly than human hair’
      • ‘This step can prevent your hair from thinning, matting or breaking.’
      • ‘Thin or fine tressed folks may also benefit from a daily sudsing to help prevent hair from flattening or matting.’
      • ‘You forsook even your comb - the siren's tool; your hair would have matted about you, a living cloak and shield.’
      • ‘At night, protect your hair with a satin scarf, bonnet or pillowcase, which prevents split ends, tangling and matting, and preserves your hair style.’
      • ‘Daily brushing is almost mandatory to keep the hair from matting up.’

Origin

Old English m(e)att(e), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch mat and German Matte, from late Latin matta, from Phoenician.

Pronunciation:

mat

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Main definitions of mat in English

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Pronunciation:

mat

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Main definitions of mat in English

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