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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
mat
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a bath mat (=small rug on the floor by the bath)
▪ The bath mat was soaking wet.
a beer mat (=a mat for putting a glass of beer on)
▪ There were beer mats and an ashtray on the table.
a prayer mat/rug (=small cloth on which Muslims kneel to pray)
bath mat
beer mat
mouse mat
place mat
prayer mat
table mat
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
welcome
▪ To satisfy this need, the owners of the local establishments have rolled out the welcome mat.
▪ She approves of the balcony and the east-facing front door, as well as the moon design on her welcome mat.
▪ I hope André doesn't see this as a welcome mat for him to make any more advances.
▪ President Clinton has put out the welcome mat.
▪ Well, she'd been warned not to expect the welcome mat, Sabine thought, as she drove under the arch.
■ NOUN
beer
▪ She sat crumbling a beer mat between her fingers.
▪ The Samaritans has tried to target men by advertisements on beer mats and in changing rooms.
▪ Penguin has produced a beer mat to help promote it.
▪ It was more like a saucer or a small beer mat.
▪ My eyes glued to the beer mat I tried to take in what was being said.
place
▪ There was no need for place mats as the meal was to be cold, but place mats were invariably laid.
▪ Scientists tested 131 products, including toys, video cables, phone cords, place mats and other household items.
▪ There was no need for place mats as the meal was to be cold, but place mats were invariably laid.
▪ Accessories Serve up a summer feast on Osborne &038; Little's Crocus place mats, and tray.
prayer
▪ Coffee thermoses, incense pots, boxes of fruit, trays to serve it on, suitcases, prayer mats.
table
▪ Some receive 20p or 30p an hour for packing cards and others 80p or 90p an hour for painting table mats.
■ VERB
cover
▪ A moment later even the handrail was covered by the mat of twig and fibre.
▪ The wooden floor was covered by two mats.
▪ The floor of the church is covered with mats.
▪ The Charwighul people laid out their dead on a wooden platform and covered them with reed mats.
▪ Every surface was covered with mats of white lace.
lie
▪ It lay there on the mat inside the door.
▪ She leaned against the door for a while, staring at him as he lay on the gym mat, smoking.
▪ More Christmas cards lay on the mat in the hall.
▪ In a classroom set aside for emergencies, skeletal little children lie on mats.
sit
▪ Have your partner sit down on the mat, extending one leg and flexing the other.
▪ There were neither pews nor seats: everyone knelt or sat on simple jute mats that covered the floor.
▪ She sat crumbling a beer mat between her fingers.
▪ There we sat on mats and talked.
▪ The youngest children sit on mats on the floor; older children sit on benches, balancing their books on their knees.
▪ He himself sat on another mat approximately fifteen yards away.
▪ She sat cross-legged on the mat at the far side of the table.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a plastic place mat
▪ You can leave the key under the mat.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Even drunks at parties manage to crawl off the mats to be ill.
▪ Painted-over windows, freshly laundered towels neatly folded, and a paper mat outside the tiny shower highlight the bathroom.
▪ Shopkeepers beckoned us into their premises where we were tempted by sparkling silver jewellery and traditional greek hand woven mats.
▪ The newspaper slowly unfolded itself on the mat, flopping open to reveal some glossy law magazine that had been placed inside.
▪ There was a smell of polished wood, hymnals, and rubber floor mats.
▪ They kneel on straw mats in their dark clothing and chant in unison with a Buddhist priest.
▪ To satisfy this need, the owners of the local establishments have rolled out the welcome mat.
II.adjective
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Indeed, the signal from the mat flux episodes may have to be filtered out to permit conventional Milankovitch band analysis.
▪ So maybe it was somewhere on mat land me chopper has put down.
▪ This represents the very abrupt onset of a period of sustained high productivity and diatom mat flux.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Mat

Mat \Mat\ (m[a^]t), n. [Cf. Matte.] A name given by coppersmiths to an alloy of copper, tin, iron, etc., usually called white metal. [Written also matt.]

Mat

Mat \Mat\, v. 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.

Mat

Mat \Mat\, a. [OF. See 4th Mate.] Cast down; dejected; overthrown; slain. [Obs.]

When he saw them so piteous and so maat.
--Chaucer.

Mat

Mat \Mat\, n. [AS. matt, meatt, fr. L. matta a mat made of rushes.]

  1. A thick flat fabric of sedge, rushes, flags, husks, straw, hemp, or similar material, placed on the floor and used for wiping and cleaning shoes at the door, for covering the floor of a hall or room to protect its surface, and for other purposes.

  2. Any similar flat object made of fabric or other material, such as rubber or plastic, placed flat on a surface for various uses, as for covering plant houses, putting beneath dishes or lamps on a table, securing rigging from friction, and the like.

  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.)

    1. A low, tufted, European grass ( Nardus stricta).

    2. Same as Matweed.

      Mat rush (Bot.), a kind of rush ( Scirpus lacustris) used in England for making mats.

Mat

Mat \Mat\, v. i. To grow thick together; to become interwoven or felted together like a mat, as hair when wetted with a sticky substance; as, a long-haired cat whose fur is matted.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
mat

loosely joined natural materials used as bedding, etc., Old English matte, from Late Latin matta "mat made of rushes" (4c.), probably from Punic or Phoenician matta (compare Hebrew mittah "bed, couch"). Meaning "tangled mass" is from 1835. That of "piece of padded flooring used in gymnastics or wrestling" is attested from 1892; hence figurative phrase go to the mat "do battle" (1910). The Latin word also is the source of German Matte, matze; Dutch mat, Italian matta. French natte "mat, matting" is from Late Latin secondary form natta (compare napkin).

mat

1640s, "lusterless, dull" (of a color or surface), from French mat "dull, dead surface," from Old French mat "beaten down, withered, afflicted, dejected; dull," which is perhaps from Latin mattus "maudlin with drink," from madere "to be wet or sodden, be drunk," from PIE root *mad- "to be wet, drip" (see mast (n.2)). Or the French word might represent a transferred use from chess of mater "to checkmate, defeat," from Arabic (see mate (v.2)).

mat

"sheet of backing material," 1845, from French mat "dull surface or finish" (15c.), noun use of Old French mat (adj.); see mat (adj.).

mat

early 15c., "to make mats," from mat (n.1). From 1540s as "to provide with mats, to cover with mats;" meaning "to become tangled" is from 1570s. Related: Matted; matting.

Wiktionary
mat

Etymology 1 n. 1 A flat piece of coarse material used for wipe one’s feet, or as a decorative or protective floor covering. 2 A small flat piece of material used to protect a surface from anything hot or rough; a coaster. 3 (context athletics English) A floor pad to protect athletes. 4 A thickly tangled mess. 5 A thick paper or paperboard border used to inset and center the contents of a frame. 6 A thin layer of woven, non-woven, or knitted fiber that serves as reinforcement to a material. 7 (context gaming English) A material or component needed for a crafting recipe vb. 1 (context transitive English) To cover, protect or decorate with mats. 2 (context intransitive English) To form a thick, tangled mess; to interweave into, or like, a mat; to entangle. Etymology 2

alt. (context coppersmithing English) An alloy of copper, tin, iron, etc.; white metal. n. (context coppersmithing English) An alloy of copper, tin, iron, etc.; white metal.

WordNet
mat
  1. adj. not reflecting light; not glossy; "flat wall paint"; "a photograph with a matte finish" [syn: flat, matt, matte, matted]

  2. [also: matting, matted]

mat
  1. n. a thick flat pad used as a floor covering

  2. mounting consisting of a border or background for a picture [syn: matting]

  3. sports equipment consisting of a piece of thick padding on the floor for gymnastic sports [syn: gym mat]

  4. a master's degree in teaching [syn: Master of Arts in Teaching]

  5. the property of having little or no contrast; lacking highlights or gloss [syn: flatness, lusterlessness, lustrelessness, matt, matte]

  6. a small pad of material that is used to protect surface from an object placed on it

  7. [also: matting, matted]

mat
  1. v. twist together or entwine into a confusing mass; "The child entangled the cord" [syn: entangle, tangle, snarl] [ant: disentangle, disentangle]

  2. change texture so as to become matted and felt-like; "The fabric felted up after several washes" [syn: felt, felt up, mat up, matt-up, matte up, matte]

  3. [also: matting, matted]

Wikipedia
Mat (Russian profanity)

Mat (, matershchina / materny yazyk / matny yazyk; , matyuky) is the term for vulgar, obscene, or profane language in Russian and some other Slavic language communities.

Mat (disambiguation)

A mat is a piece of fabric or other flat material.

Mat or MAT may also refer to:

Mat (picture framing)

In the picture framing industry, a mat (or mount in British English) is a thin, flat piece of paper-based material included within a picture frame, which serves as additional decoration and to perform several other, more practical functions, such as separating the art from the glass. Putting mats in a frame is called matting, a term which can also usually be used interchangeably with mat.

Mat (gymnastics)

Mats are used for safety in gymnastics, and in training new skills. They are usually a piece of foam (covered in leather) ranging from 1.5-28 inches thick, covered in a vinyl or plastic lining. The foam ranges in density from relatively firm to very soft.

Landing mats are usually blue, but can also be almost any other color. Mats come in a range of sizes, from very small mats used on the beam, to very large mats, used in the foam pits.

Typically, in both competition and practice, the use of mats is mandatory. On every event except floor exercise, pommel horse and vault, gymnasts may use an additional landing mat, without deduction, which may be adjusted for distance.

Mat (river)

The Mat (, ) is a river in northern Albania. Its source is near Martanesh, in Dibër County. It flows west towards the municipality of Mat, which takes its name from the river, and northwest through the towns of Klos and Burrel. About downstream from Burrel, it flows into a large reservoir (Liqeni i Ulzës – "Lake Ulëz"). After passing through a hydroelectric dam, it flows through another, smaller reservoir (Liqeni i Shkopetit – "Lake Shkopet") and forms a narrow gorge through the mountain range that separates Mat District from the coastal plains. It enters the plains between Milot and Zejmen.

After a total length of , the Mat flows into the Adriatic Sea near Fushë-Kuqe, between the towns of Lezhë and Laç.

i Ulzës.jpg|Lake Ulzë |Zog Bridge at the beginning of the coastal plains

Category:Rivers of Albania Category:Geography of Dibër County Category:Geography of Lezhë County

Usage examples of "mat".

Their origins are a matter of record, in the merger nineteen years ago of the depraved Temple of Abraxas with a discredited house of surgical software, Frewin Maisang Tobermory.

However, the Supreme Court declined to sustain Congress when, under the guise of enforcing the Fourteenth Amendment by appropriate legislation, it enacted a statute which was not limited to take effect only in case a State should abridge the privileges of United States citizens, but applied no matter how well the State might have performed its duty, and would subject to punishment private individuals who conspired to deprive anyone of the equal protection of the laws.

And this is the Absolute Ugly: an ugly thing is something that has not been entirely mastered by pattern, that is by Reason, the Matter not yielding at all points and in all respects to Ideal-Form.

Matter, then, thus brought to order must lose its own nature in the supreme degree unless its baseness is an accidental: if it is base in the sense of being Baseness the Absolute, it could never participate in order, and, if evil in the sense of being Evil the Absolute, it could never participate in good.

Nor can we, on the other hand, think that matter is simply Absolute Magnitude.

But the point is that, where there once appeared a single and absolutely unbridgeable gap between the world of matter and the world of lifea gap that posed a completely unsolvable problemthere now appeared only a series of minigaps.

Eucharist the priest perfects the sacrament by merely pronouncing the words over the matter, so the mere words which the priest while absolving pronounces over the penitent perfect the sacrament of absolution.

Whenever the leaves remain inflected during several days over seeds, it is clear that they absorb some matter from them.

The glands of Drosera absorb matter from living seeds, which are injured or killed by the secretion.

Besides the glands, both surfaces of the leaves and the pedicels of the tentacles bear numerous minute papillae, which absorb carbonate of ammonia, an infusion of raw meat, metallic salts, and probably many other substances, but the absorption of matter by these papillae never induces inflection.

The experiments proving that the leaves are capable of true digestion, and that the glands absorb the digested matter, are given in detail in the sixth chapter.

The secretion with animal matter in solution is then drawn by capillary attraction over the whole surface of the leaf, causing all the glands to secrete and allowing them to absorb the diffused animal matter.

Utricularia,-it is probable that these processes absorb excrementitious and decaying animal matter.

These probably sink down besmeared with the secretion and rest on the small sessile glands, which, if we may judge by the analogy of Drosophyllum, then pour forth their secretion and afterwards absorb the digested matter.

Pulling his hat low for shade, Mat searched the road for a woman, for anyone, mounted or afoot, and his heart sank.