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Syllabification: matte
(also matt or mat)

adjective

(Of a color, paint, or surface) dull and flat, without a shine: matte black
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  • The play between glossy and matt surfaces lends a subtle complexity to a simple restaurant fitout.
  • Surface quality of the mat side at the final gauge was the most important parameter to be controlled.
  • Its matt surface could be further polished and worked.

noun

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1A matte color, paint, or finish: the varnishes are available in gloss, satin, and matte
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  • The rod is tied in dark red thread over the cane coloured blank, and the overall finish is matt.
  • The shutters, window seats and surround are a very dark varnish and maybe should have been matt to give a softer finish.
2A sheet of cardboard placed on the back of a picture, either as a mount or to form a border around the picture.
Example sentences
  • The photographs were printed on 8 x 10 sheets, sepia-toned, and presented with ivory-toned mattes and walnut-stained mahogany frames.

verb (mattes, matting, matted)

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Give a matte appearance to (something).
Example sentences
  • Afterwards, it was matted down with an industrial scrubber and made to look like marble.
  • Why not consult him and simply matte the image to recreate the 1.85: 1 aspect ratio?
  • Other teachers may prefer to matte the prints for wall display and place photocopies of the notes beside them for students to read.

Origin

early 17th century (as a verb): from French mat.

Words that rhyme with matte

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Syllabification: matte

noun

An impure product of the smelting of sulfide ores, especially those of copper or nickel.
Example sentences
  • Botswana exports are dominated by diamonds, copper/nickel matte, beef and animal products; also exported are textiles and soda ash.
  • It is thought that further mineral wealth awaits discovery; other exports are copper-nickel matte and beef.
  • This will be designed to separate the matte / slag product transferred from the furnace.

Origin

mid 19th century: from French (in Old French meaning 'curds'), feminine of mat (adjective) 'dull, matte', used as a noun.

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Syllabification: matte

noun

A mask used to obscure part of an image in a film and allow another image to be substituted, combining the two.
Example sentences
  • Virtually inventing methods of composite mattes in film made the invisible man truly come alive and real.
  • There were a lot, and I mean a lot of space scenes where you could actually see the mattes around the ships, sun and earth.
  • Because of limited special effects technology at that time, you can easily tell that these are two mattes put together (with outlines around the ship showing like a beacon in the night).

Origin

mid 19th century: from French, perhaps from mat (see matt).

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