mat

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."

Primary Meanings of mat

1.
n
a small pad of material that is used to protect surface from an object placed on it
2.
nv
a mass that is densely tangled or interwoven
twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
3.
nvadj
the property of having little or no contrast; lacking highlights or gloss
change texture so as to become matted and felt-like
not reflecting light; not glossy
Full Definitions of mat
1

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

Types:
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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:
pad
a flat mass of soft material used for protection, stuffing, or comfort

n a thick flat pad used as a floor covering

Types:
doormat, welcome mat
a mat placed outside an exterior door for wiping the shoes before entering
Type of:
floor cover, floor covering
a covering for a floor

n sports equipment consisting of a piece of thick padding on the floor for gymnastic sports

Synonyms:
gym mat
Types:
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
Type of:
sports equipment
equipment needed to participate in a particular sport

n mounting consisting of a border or background for a picture

Synonyms:
matting
Type of:
mounting
framework used for support or display
2

n a mass that is densely tangled or interwoven

“a mat of weeds and grass”
Type of:
mass
a body of matter without definite shape

v twist together or entwine into a confusing mass

Synonyms:
entangle, snarl, tangle
Antonyms:
disentangle, straighten out, unsnarl
extricate from entanglement
Types:
felt
mat together and make felt-like
enmesh, ensnarl, mesh
entangle or catch in (or as if in) a mesh
Type of:
distort, twine, twist
form into a spiral shape
3

n the property of having little or no contrast; lacking highlights or gloss

Synonyms:
flatness, lusterlessness, lustrelessness, matt, matte
Type of:
dullness
a lack of visual brightness

v change texture so as to become matted and felt-like

Synonyms:
felt, felt up, mat up, matt-up, matte, matte up
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

adj not reflecting light; not glossy

Synonyms:
flat, matt, matte, matted
dull
emitting or reflecting very little light

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