Main definitions of mat in English

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mat1

noun

  • 1A piece of protective material placed on a floor, in particular.

    • ‘Just as it looked as if they were going to score their best ever result their protective floor mat came loose and they were forced to retire.’
    • ‘I recall when she asked for the rubber floor mats from the leased car we had to return.’
    • ‘Other floor mats feature materials such as plush nylon and molded rubber and plastic.’
    • ‘The trainer mat protects the floor and keeps everything from sliding around.’
    • ‘The load area was not equipped with any mats or floor covering - a serious shortcoming.’
    • ‘Barely any paint had dripped on the mats on the floor.’
    • ‘Norton owns a business that transforms recycled materials into rubber floor mats.’
    1. 1.1 A piece of coarse material placed on a floor for people to wipe their feet on.
      • ‘When he walks into the blackness of the entryway, he turns and wipes his feet onto the floor mat before pulling his shoes off.’
      • ‘As he came in stamping his muddy feet on the porch mat, she paused in the kitchen to listen.’
      • ‘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 was looking at the rubber mat under her feet of the passenger's side seat.’
      • ‘She wiped her feet on the welcome mat and stepped into the house.’
      rug, runner, carpet, drugget
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    2. 1.2 A piece of resilient material for landing on in gymnastics, wrestling, or similar sports.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is a well-known fact that I wouldn't even last five minutes on the gymnastics mat.’
      • ‘Well, we're standing in the middle of a wrestling mat, so you know what's going to happen.’
      • ‘He sprawled across the landing mat and ended up on his backside.’
      • ‘I found a few large gymnast mats leaning up against the white brick wall by a storage closet.’
      • ‘Wrestling mats are not cheap and it can cost a small fortune to equip your wrestling room.’
      • ‘Then there's the beam that's four inches wide and three feet off the mat.’
      • ‘In one corner of the huge basement was a tall fenced off area that held the gymnastics mats in the small space beyond.’
      • ‘We get floor mats out at this stage and do approximately 40-50 press-ups.’
      • ‘Vaulting into mats stacked in the pit, the French gymnasts attempted several difficult vaults.’
      • ‘I remember afternoons in first grade when the entire class was forced to take thirty-minute naps on blue gymnastic mats.’
      • ‘My opponent was running around the wrestling mat waving his arms in a celebratory gesture as he assumed the match was his.’
      • ‘In her mind, she was just back on the practice mats in the enormous gymnasium.’
      • ‘As her feet hit the mat, a score of 9.95 flashed across the board.’
      • ‘She returns to the gymnastics mat, growing with every tumble into an Olympic champion.’
      • ‘It also has an Olympic-size swimming pool and indoor gyms with wrestling and judo mats, fencing strips and a boxing ring.’
      • ‘The students are getting their shoes and skirts on before sitting on mats placed onto the floor and beginning their warm-ups and stretches.’
      • ‘He left everything he had on the wrestling mat and football field each and every time he competed.’
      • ‘Then I walked downstairs to the basement and did some gymnastics on my mats.’
    3. 1.3 A small rug.
      • ‘Contemporary coverings like mats and rugs can change the whole appearance of our homes.’
      • ‘People who are going to take part are asked to bring a mat or rug.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In traditional homes, floor seating is still very much alive and floor mats make easy cleaning and maintenance.’
      • ‘She's rewarded with meals of vegetables and rice, and sleeps on a mat on the floor in the back of a flower shop.’
      • ‘Fifteen inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, a CD player and dedicated carpet mats are included.’
      • ‘On the more popular routes old carpets and rubber mats eased the ankle-snapping trudge from one ice sheet to the next.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some may insist you sleep on mats on hard floors to straighten out the spine, but they are in a minority.’
      • ‘Up at 4am for the first of five prayers a day, they sleep on thin mats on the floor in unheated dormitories.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘The children lay on a mat on the floor and not on a bed,’ she explained.’
      • ‘To allow the practitioner to use his or her body weight, the patient usually lies on mats on the floor during treatment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is a mat on the floor, a hammock, and a few boxes and plastic bags filled with clothes.’
      • ‘When the job is finished, you should not place items such as mats on the floor for several weeks, as they will cause discolouration.’
      rug, runner, carpet, drugget
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    4. 1.4 A piece of coarse material for lying on.
      ‘a beach mat’
  • 2A small piece of cork, card, or similar material placed on a table or other surface to protect it from the heat or moisture of an object placed on it.

    • ‘The cards and board mats are homemade, but laminated nicely and are quite sturdy.’
    • ‘Place the fabric on the cutting mat, refolding it to align the cut bias edges.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is clearing the cards, the chips, the checkered mat off the table, putting them neatly into a briefcase.’
    • ‘Games were played across plastic mats resting on cafeteria tables.’
    • ‘In four years, there was just the one breakthrough: the cork mat.’
    • ‘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.’
    table mat, place mat
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  • 3A thick, untidy layer of something hairy or woolly.

    ‘his chest was covered by a thick mat of soft fair hair’
    • ‘Atop his head was a thick mat of dark red hair that bordered on maroon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Forming in brackish seawater, layer after layer of mats have left behind clusters of small, sedimentary columns.’
    • ‘After the clear-cutting, the north slope germinated a thick mat of young Douglas fir and larch.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I will need some moisture mats - thick layers of hemp fibre matting which sit on top of the waste.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Over the summers the plateau had formed a thick mat of dead grass.’
    • ‘Herbivores are quite important for the reef as they keep thick mats of filamentous and leafy algae from smothering the corals.’
    • ‘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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Main definitions of mat in English

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MAT2

noun

  • A technology that uses chemicals (usually petrolatum, dimethicone, and polyquaternium) to reduce the ability of bacteria to adhere to the skin.

    ‘the company is developing MAT-containing soaps’

verb

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

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

Origin

Old English m(e)att(e); related to Dutch mat and German Matte, from late Latin matta, from Phoenician<br>abbr. of microbial anti-attachment technology.

Pronunciation

mat

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MAT3

  • Master of Arts in Teaching.

Pronunciation

MAT

/mat/

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mat4

noun

Pronunciation

mat

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mat5

verb, noun, & adjective

  • variant spelling of matte

Pronunciation

mat

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