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  Dictionary Definition of mat

mat [1]
1. a piece of fabric made of plaited or woven rushes, straw, hemp, or other fibre, used to cover a floor, to wipe the shoes on, etc.
2. a small piece of material, often ornamental, set under a dish of food, a lamp, vase, etc.
3. a thick covering, as of padded canvas, laid on a floor on which wrestlers contend.
4. NZ. a Maori cloak.
5. a thickly growing or thick and tangled mass, as of hair or weeds.
6. Printing a. the intaglio (usu. of papier-mâchéor plastic), impressed from type or cut, from which a stereotype plate is cast or from which plastic and rubber plates are made for letterpress printing. b. the brass die used in a linotype, each carrying a letter in intaglio.
-- verb ( matted, matting )
-- verb (t)
7. to cover with or as with mats or matting.
8. to form into a mat, as by interweaving.
9. to reprimand.
-- verb (i)
10. to become entangled; from tangled masses.
-- phrase
11. put on the mat, to reprimand.
[ME matte, OE meatt ( e ), from LL matta ]