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adjective, noun, & verb

Variant spelling of matt.

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noun

[mass noun]
An impure product of the smelting of sulphide 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) 'matt', used as a noun.

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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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