mat1(mat),USA pronunciationn., v.,mat•ted, mat•ting. n.
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.
a smaller piece of material, often ornamental, set under a dish of food, a lamp, vase, etc.
the padded canvas covering the entire floor of a wrestling ring, for protecting the contestants from injury when thrown.
a thick pad placed on the floor for the protection of tumblers and others engaged in gymnastic sports.
Botanya thickly growing or thick and tangled mass, as of hair or weeds.
a sack made of matting, as for coffee or sugar.
Buildinga slablike footing of concrete, esp. one for an entire building.
Buildinga heavy mesh reinforcement for a concrete slab.
Idiomsgo 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.
to cover with or as if with mats or matting.
to form into a mat, as by interweaving.
Botanyto become entangled; form tangled masses.
Semitic; compare Hebrew mittāh bed
Late Latin matta mat of rushes
Middle English, Old English matte bef. 900
mat2(mat),USA pronunciationn., v.,mat•ted, mat•ting. n.
Photography, Fine Arta 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.
Photography, Fine Artto provide (a picture) with a mat.