When you walk into someone else's house, it's polite to wipe your feet on the mat — the pad that covers part of the floor inside the front door.

A mat is a kind of floor covering, often smaller than a rug or carpet. You might buy a sea grass mat to put in your bedroom, or a door mat for your apartment entryway. You can also use the word mat as a verb, to mean tangle or snarl: "The dog managed to mat the fur on his belly by rolling around on the beach." The Old English matte came from the Latin word matta, "mat made of rushes."

Definitions of mat
  1. noun
    a small pad of material that is used to protect surface from an object placed on it
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    drip mat
    a small mat placed under a glass to protect a surface from condensation
    mouse mat, mousepad
    a small portable pad that provides traction for the ball of a computer mouse
    place mat
    a mat serving as table linen for an individual place setting
    beer mat
    a drip mat placed under a glass of beer
    type of:
    a flat mass of soft material used for protection, stuffing, or comfort
  2. noun
    a thick flat pad used as a floor covering
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    doormat, welcome mat
    a mat placed outside an exterior door for wiping the shoes before entering
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    floor cover, floor covering
    a covering for a floor
  3. noun
    sports equipment consisting of a piece of thick padding on the floor for gymnastic sports
    synonyms: gym mat
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    canvas, canvass
    the mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or professional wrestlers compete
    wrestling mat
    a mat on which wrestling matches are conducted
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    sports equipment
    equipment needed to participate in a particular sport
  4. noun
    mounting consisting of a border or background for a picture
    synonyms: matting
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    framework used for support or display
  5. noun
    a mass that is densely tangled or interwoven
    “a mat of weeds and grass”
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    a body of matter without definite shape
  6. verb
    twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
    synonyms: entangle, snarl, tangle
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    disentangle, straighten out, unsnarl
    extricate from entanglement
    mat together and make felt-like
    enmesh, ensnarl, mesh
    entangle or catch in (or as if in) a mesh
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    distort, twine, twist
    form into a spiral shape
  7. noun
    the property of having little or no contrast; lacking highlights or gloss
    synonyms: flatness, lusterlessness, lustrelessness, matt, matte
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    a lack of visual brightness
  8. verb
    change texture so as to become matted and felt-like
    synonyms: felt, felt up, mat up, matt-up, matte, matte up
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    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  9. adjective
    not reflecting light; not glossy
    synonyms: flat, matt, matte, matted
    emitting or reflecting very little light
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