Definition of matt in English:


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(also matte or US mat)


  • (Of a surface or colour) dull and flat; without a shine: prints are available on matt or glossy paper a matt 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.


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  • 1 [mass noun] A matt paint or finish: the varnishes are available in gloss, satin, and matt
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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: try mounting prints against a deep matt or ground of the same background colour
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    • Using all this as a template, we then cut the top mat and mounted the tickets to it.
    • Photo frames are also about style, so this device offers a goldtone frame, a black mat, and an antiglare acrylic cover.

verb (matts, matting, matted)

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  • Give a matt appearance to (something): its bright fresh surface was soon matted with dust and insects
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    • 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.


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

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