Entry from US English dictionary
- 1A piece of coarse material placed on a floor for people to wipe their feet on.More example sentences
- When he walks into the blackness of the entryway, he turns and wipes his feet onto the floor mat before pulling his shoes off.
- Walking through the doorway Kim carefully wiped her feet on the small mat at the door.
- As he came in stamping his muddy feet on the porch mat, she paused in the kitchen to listen.
- 1.1A small rug.More example sentences
- Fifteen inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, a CD player and dedicated carpet mats are included.
- On the more popular routes old carpets and rubber mats eased the ankle-snapping trudge from one ice sheet to the next.
- Contemporary coverings like mats and rugs can change the whole appearance of our homes.
- 1.2A piece of thick or resilient material for lying on or for landing on in gymnastics, wrestling, or similar sports.More example sentences
- She returns to the gymnastics mat, growing with every tumble into an Olympic champion.
- Wrestling mats are not cheap and it can cost a small fortune to equip your wrestling room.
- My opponent was running around the wrestling mat waving his arms in a celebratory gesture as he assumed the match was his.
- 2A small piece of cork, card, or fabric placed on a table or other surface to protect it from the heat or moisture of an object placed on it.More example sentences
- He is clearing the cards, the chips, the checkered mat off the table, putting them neatly into a briefcase.
- In four years, there was just the one breakthrough: the cork mat.
- I looked at the living room we were sitting in, noticing that the main color was red and beige and even the eating table had red mats on it.
- 2.1 (also mouse mat) British A small piece of rigid or slightly resilient material on which a computer mouse is moved.More example sentences
- While it does take a slight increase in effort to slide the mouse over the mat, accurate mousing is now much easier.
- It combines pre-programmed buttons and smart card technology to create a wired mouse mat that's more than just a pretty picture.
- A mouse mat made of glass seems to be asking for trouble.
- 3A thick, untidy layer of something hairy or woolly: his chest was covered by a thick mat of soft fair hairMore example sentences
- I will need some moisture mats - thick layers of hemp fibre matting which sit on top of the waste.
- After the clear-cutting, the north slope germinated a thick mat of young Douglas fir and larch.
- They both had thick mats of curly blonde hair that had a tendency to get thick with dust and dirt, and they were both husky and cleverly ugly.
verb (mats, matting, matted)[with object] Back to top
- 1Tangle (something, especially hair) in a thick mass: the fur on its flank was matted with bloodMore example sentences
- Her sandy hair was matted and tangled, but her eyes shone with crystal clear radiance.
- Her hair was all matted down and tangled, and I couldn't start to imagine her taking less than an hour to fix it.
- By now, the sun is up and angrily drying up your sweat, matting your hair and hardening your uniform.
- 1.1 [no object] Become tangled: dog hair mats more quickly than human hairMore example sentences
- At night, protect your hair with a satin scarf, bonnet or pillowcase, which prevents split ends, tangling and matting, and preserves your hair style.
- This step can prevent your hair from thinning, matting or breaking.
- Daily brushing is almost mandatory to keep the hair from matting up.
go to the mat
- • informal Vigorously engage in an argument, especially on behalf of another: we will go to the mat for those who are willing to help us outMore example sentences
- To the applause of numerous commentators, he went to the mat repeatedly on behalf of economic elites - eager for such measures as pro-business trade pacts, bailouts overseas and harsh ‘welfare reform’ at home.
- My boss went to the mat for me on it, but it was clearly a done deal.
- She is not going to the mat for some helpless whistleblower.
on the mat
- • informal Being reprimanded by someone in authority.[with military reference to the orderly room mat, where an accused would stand before the commanding officer]More example sentences
- He is unfit for the office he holds and should be called on the mat before Congress for this outrage.
- When you start looking for one you may find yourself, and not the bloke, on the mat.
Old English m(e)att(e), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch mat and German Matte, from late Latin matta, from Phoenician.