Meaning of MAT in English


mat 1

— matless , adj.

/mat/ , n. , v. , matted, matting .


1. a piece of fabric made of plaited or woven rushes, straw, hemp, or similar fiber, or of some other pliant material, as rubber, used as a protective covering on a floor or other surface, to wipe the shoes on, etc.

2. a smaller piece of material, often ornamental, set under a dish of food, a lamp, vase, etc.

3. Sports.

a. the padded canvas covering the entire floor of a wrestling ring, for protecting the contestants from injury when thrown.

b. a thick pad placed on the floor for the protection of tumblers and others engaged in gymnastic sports.

4. a thickly growing or thick and tangled mass, as of hair or weeds.

5. a sack made of matting, as for coffee or sugar.

6. a slablike footing of concrete, esp. one for an entire building.

7. a heavy mesh reinforcement for a concrete slab.

8. go to the mat , to contend or struggle in a determined or unyielding way: The President is going to the mat with Congress over the proposed budget cuts.


9. to cover with or as if with mats or matting.

10. to form into a mat, as by interweaving.


11. to become entangled; form tangled masses.

[ bef. 900; ME, OE matte matta mat of rushes mittah bed ]

mat 2

/mat/ , n. , v. , matted, matting .


1. a piece of cardboard or other material placed over or under a drawing, painting, photograph, etc., to serve as a frame or provide a border between the picture and the frame.


2. to provide (a picture) with a mat.

[ 1835-40; appar. MAT 1 , influenced by MATTE 1 ]

mat 3

/mat/ , adj., n., v., matted, matting .

matte 1 .

mat 4

/mat/ , n. Print.

1. the intaglio, usually of papiermâché, impressed from type or a cut, from which a stereotype plate is cast.

2. matrix (def. 8).

[ 1920-25; shortened form of MATRIX ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .