Main definitions of matte in English

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matte1

noun, adjective, & verb

  • variant spelling of matt

Main definitions of matte in English

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matte2

noun

  • [mass noun] An impure product of the smelting of sulphide ores, especially those of copper or nickel.

    • ‘Botswana exports are dominated by diamonds, copper/nickel matte, beef and animal products; also exported are textiles and soda ash.’
    • ‘It is thought that further mineral wealth awaits discovery; other exports are copper-nickel matte and beef.’
    • ‘This will be designed to separate the matte / slag product transferred from the furnace.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French (in Old French meaning curds), feminine of mat (adjective) matt, used as a noun.

Pronunciation

matte

/mat/

Main definitions of matte in English

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matte3

noun

  • A mask used to obscure part of an image in a film and allow another image to be substituted, combining the two.

    • ‘He mentions it precisely once, as one of several films using matte shots.’
    • ‘There were a lot, and I mean a lot of space scenes where you could actually see the mattes around the ships, sun and earth.’
    • ‘There are lots of shots that look fuzzy or soft because of the use of mattes, and overall the serpent looks like he was sculpted out of Play-Doh.’
    • ‘Traveling matte was again used to place people on top of the vessel and on the bridge connecting it to land.’
    • ‘Because of limited special effects technology at that time, you can easily tell that these are two mattes put together (with outlines around the ship showing like a beacon in the night).’
    • ‘However, the special effects scenes were done with the mattes and you will lose information from the sides during those shots.’
    • ‘For this we use alpha mattes, or masks, which allow us to work on certain portions of the building independent of the rest of the rendering.’
    • ‘A couple of rough mattes here and there take the sheen off, but overall, everything looks good technically.’
    • ‘Virtually inventing methods of composite mattes in film made the invisible man truly come alive and real.’
    • ‘Some of the background mattes appear grainier than the rest of the picture, and sometimes the special effects look a little hokey, but I won't hold those things against the DVD itself.’
    matte, photomask, shadow mask, masking, masking tape
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Origin

Mid 19th century: from French, perhaps from mat (see matt).

Pronunciation

matte

/mat/