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Webster 1913 Edition


Mat

Mat

(măt)
,
Noun.
[Cf.
Matte
.]
A name given by coppersmiths to an alloy of copper, tin, iron, etc., usually called white metal.
[Written also
matt
.]

Mat

,
Adj.
[OF. See 4th
Mate
.]
Cast down; dejected; overthrown; slain.
[Obs.]
When he saw them so piteous and so
maat
.
Chaucer.
3.
Anything growing thickly, or closely interwoven, so as to resemble a mat in form or texture;
as, a
mat
of weeds; a
mat
of hair.
4.
An ornamental border made of paper, pasterboard, metal, etc., put under the glass which covers a framed picture;
as, the
mat
of a daguerreotype
.
Mat grass
.
(Bot.)
(a)
A low, tufted, European grass (
Nardus stricta
)
.
(b)
Same as
Matweed
.
Mat rush
(Bot.)
,
a kind of rush (
Scirpus lacustris
) used in England for making mats.

Mat

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Matted
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Matting
.]
1.
To cover or lay with mats.
Evelyn.
2.
To twist, twine, or felt together; to interweave into, or like, a mat; to entangle.
And o’er his eyebrows hung his
matted
hair.
Dryden.

Webster 1828 Edition


Mat

MAT

,
Noun.
[L. matta.]
1.
A texture of sedge, rushes, flags, husks, straw, or other material, to be laid on a floor for cleaning the boots and shoes of those who enter a house, and for other purposes.
2.
A web of rope-yard, used in ships to secure the standing rigging from the friction of the yards, &c.

MAT

,
Verb.
T.
To cover or lay with mats.
1.
To twist together; to interweave like a mat; to entangle.
And o'er his eyebrows hung his matted hair.
2.
To press together; to lay flat; as matted grass.

Definition 2022


Mat

Mat

See also: Appendix:Variations of "mat"

English

Proper noun

Mat (plural Mats)

  1. A diminutive of the male given name Matthew.

Anagrams

mat

mat

See also: Appendix:Variations of "mat"

English

Noun

mat (plural mats)

mat
  1. A flat piece of coarse material used for wiping one’s feet, or as a decorative or protective floor covering.
    Wipe your feet on the mat before coming in.
  2. A small flat piece of material used to protect a surface from anything hot or rough; a coaster.
    They put mats on the table during mealtimes.
  3. (athletics) A floor pad to protect athletes.
    The high jumper cleared the bar and landed safely on the mat.
  4. A thickly tangled mess.
    a mat of hair; a mat of weeds
  5. A thick paper or paperboard border used to inset and center the contents of a frame.
    the mat of a daguerreotype
  6. A thin layer of woven, non-woven, or knitted fiber that serves as reinforcement to a material.
  7. A thin surface layer; superficial cover.
    Iceland moss growing in a mat
Derived terms
Translations

Verb

mat (third-person singular simple present mats, present participle matting, simple past and past participle matted)

  1. (transitive) To cover, protect or decorate with mats.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Evelyn to this entry?)
  2. (intransitive) To form a thick, tangled mess; to interweave into, or like, a mat; to entangle.
    • Dryden
      And o'er his eyebrows hung his matted hair.
Translations

Etymology 2

Compare matte.

Alternative forms

Noun

mat

  1. (coppersmithing) An alloy of copper, tin, iron, etc.; white metal.

Etymology 3

A clipped form of matinee.

Noun

mat (plural mats)

  1. (dated slang) Abbreviation of matinee (performance at a theater).
    • 1898, The Hotel/Motor Hotel Monthly, Vol. 6, page 27:
      A gents' toilet room might be found in a house that caters for the cheaper class of theatrical patronage, where the slangy language of the "goin' to the mat this aft?" style prevails. A gents toilet room is not found in the Southern Hotel. It either "men's" or "gentlemen's".

Etymology 4

A clipped form of material.

Noun

mat (plural mats)

  1. (video games, slang) A material or component needed for a crafting recipe.
    To make a luck potion, you need several rare herbs as mats.

Anagrams


Albanian

Etymology

From Proto-Albanian *mata, from pre-Albanian *mn̥to, from Proto-Indo-European *men- (to tower, stand out) (compare Welsh mynydd, Latin mōns, Avestan mati (mati)).

Noun

mat m

  1. shore
  2. river bank

Breton

Etymology

From Proto-Celtic *matis (compare Irish maith).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /maːd/

Adjective

mat

  1. good

Related terms

Mutation


Czech

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /mat/

Etymology

Paneuropean word, from Persian شاه مات (šāh māt, the king died).

Noun

mat m

  1. checkmate

Declension

Derived terms


Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /mɑt/
  • Rhymes: -ɑt

Etymology 1

From Middle Dutch matte, borrowed from Latin matta. Cognates include English mat and German Matte.[1]

Noun

mat f (plural matten, diminutive matje n)

  1. rug, mat
Derived terms
Related terms

Etymology 2

From Middle Dutch mat (checkmate), borrowed from Old French mat, borrowed from Persian شاه مات (šâh mât, the king is dead).[1] Cognate to English checkmate.

Noun

mat m (plural matten)

  1. checkmate
Related terms
  • schaakmat

Etymology 3

From Middle Dutch mat, borrowed from Old French mat, from Latin mattus (depressed).[1] See also French mat (adjective).

Adjective

mat (comparative matter, superlative matst)

  1. matte, not reflecting light
  2. dull, uninteresting
Inflection
Inflection of mat
uninflected mat
inflected matte
comparative matter
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial mat matter het matst
het matste
indefinite m./f. sing. matte mattere matste
n. sing. mat matter matste
plural matte mattere matste
definite matte mattere matste
partitive mats matters

Verb

mat

  1. first-, second- and third-person singular present indicative of matten
  2. imperative of matten

Etymology 4

See Dutch meten.

Verb

mat

  1. singular past indicative of meten

References

  • mat” in Woordenlijst Nederlandse Taal – Officiële Spelling, Nederlandse Taalunie. [the official spelling word list for the Dutch language]
  • Notes:
  1. 1 2 3 J. de Vries & F. de Tollenaere, "Etymologisch Woordenboek", Uitgeverij Het Spectrum, Utrecht, 1986 (14de druk)

Anagrams


Emilian

Alternative forms

  • mât (Modenese, Reggiano)

Pronunciation

  • Hyphenation: mat

Noun

mat m (plural mat) (Mirandolese)

  1. insane

Synonyms

  • matùs (Carpigiano)

Faroese

Etymology

From the noun matur.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /mɛaːt/
  • Rhymes: -ɛaːt
  • Homophone: mæt

Noun

mat

  1. accusative singular of matur.

Anagrams


French

Etymology 1

Probably from Latin mattus, which is from madere; see Italian matto.[1]

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ma/
  • Rhymes: -a
  • Homophone: ma

Adjective

mat m (feminine singular mate, masculine plural mats, feminine plural mates)

  1. matt
  2. pale

Etymology 2

Abbreviation of the French expression échec et mat, from Persian شاه مات (shah mat, the king is ambushed).

Pronunciation

Adjective

mat m (feminine singular mate, masculine plural mats, feminine plural mates)

  1. checkmated

Noun

mat m (plural mats)

  1. checkmate

References

  • Notes:
  1. Picoche, Jacqueline; Jean-Claude Rolland (2009), mat”, in Dictionnaire étymologique du français (in French), Paris: Dictionnaires Le Robert

Anagrams


Gothic

Romanization

mat

  1. Romanization of 𐌼𐌰𐍄

Icelandic

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /maːt/
  • Rhymes: -aːt

Noun

mat n (genitive singular mats, nominative plural möt)

  1. (usually uncountable) evaluation

Declension


Lojban

Rafsi

mat

  1. rafsi of mapti.

Luxembourgish

Etymology

From Old High German mit, from Proto-Germanic *midi. Cognate with German mit, Dutch met, West Frisian mei, Icelandic með.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /mɑt/
    Rhymes: -ɑt

Preposition

mat

  1. with

Antonyms


Maricopa

Noun

mat

  1. earth

Molise Croatian

Etymology

From Serbo-Croatian mati.

Noun

mat f

  1. mother

Declension

References

  • Ivica Peša Matracki and Nada Županović Filipin (2014), Changes in the System of Oblique Cases in Molise Croatian Dialect.
  • Walter Breu and Giovanni Piccoli (2000), Dizionario croato molisano di Acquaviva Collecroce: Dizionario plurilingue della lingua slava della minoranza di provenienza dalmata di Acquaviva Collecroce in Provincia di Campobasso (Parte grammaticale).

Norwegian Bokmål

Pronunciation

IPA(key): /maːt/, [mɑːt̻]

Rhymes: -aːt

Etymology 1

From Old Norse matr. Cognates include: Danish mad, Swedish mat, Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐍄𐍃 (mats), Old English mete (English meat).[1]

Noun

mat m (definite singular maten)

  1. food
Related terms
Derived terms

See also

Etymology 2

Verb

mat

  1. imperative of mate

References

  1. Alf Torp, "Nynorsk Etymologisk Ordbok", Oslo 1992 (reprint), ISBN 82-90520-17-4

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Old Norse matr.

Noun

mat m (definite singular maten)

  1. food

Derived terms

References


Old French

Adjective

mat m (oblique and nominative feminine singular mate)

  1. checkmated; in checkmate

Old Irish

Verb

mat

  1. third-person plural present subjunctive of masu

Polish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [mat̪]

Etymology 1

From Arabic مَات (māt), from Persian شاه مات (šâh mât).

Noun

mat m anim

  1. checkmate
Declension

Etymology 2

Borrowing from Dutch maat.

Noun

mat m pers

  1. mate (a ship's officer)
  2. mate (in naval ranks, a non-commissioned officer)
Declension

Etymology 3

Borrowing from German matt.

Noun

mat m inan

  1. matt, matte, dull colour or surface
Declension
Derived terms
  • matowy

Etymology 4

Noun

mat

  1. Genitive plural form of mata

Romansch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [mat]

Etymology

From Latin marītus.

Noun

mat m

  1. boy

Slovak

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /mat/

Etymology

From Arabic [Term?], from Persian شاه مات (šâh mât, the king is left unable to escape).

Noun

mat m (genitive singular matu, nominative plural maty, declension pattern of dub)

  1. The final move in a chess game, the checkmate.

Declension

Derived terms

Related terms

Anagrams

References

  • mat in Slovak dictionaries at korpus.sk

Swedish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /mɑːt/

Etymology

From Old Norse matr, from Proto-Germanic *matiz, from Proto-Indo-European *meh₂d-.

Noun

mat c

  1. food

Declension

Derived terms

References