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MAT1

Syllabification: MAT

noun

  • A technology that uses chemicals (usually petrolatum, dimethicone, and polyquaternium) to reduce the ability of bacteria to adhere to the skin: the company is developing MAT-containing soaps

Origin

abbreviation of microbial anti-attachment technology.

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There are 5 definitions of MAT in English:

MAT2

Syllabification: MAT

abbreviation

  • Master of Arts in Teaching.

There are 5 definitions of MAT in English:

mat1

Syllabification: mat

noun

  • 1A piece of protective material placed on a floor, in particular.
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    • Just as it looked as if they were going to score their best ever result their protective floor mat came loose and they were forced to retire.
    • Norton owns a business that transforms recycled materials into rubber floor mats.
    • Other floor mats feature materials such as plush nylon and molded rubber and plastic.
  • 1.1A piece of coarse material placed on a floor for people to wipe their feet on.
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    • 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.
  • 1.2A piece of resilient material for landing on in gymnastics, wrestling, or similar sports.
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    • 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.
  • 1.3A small rug.
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    • 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.
  • 1.4A piece of coarse material for lying on: a beach mat
  • 2A small piece of cork, card, or similar material placed on a table or other surface to protect it from the heat or moisture of an object placed on it.
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
  • 3A thick, untidy layer of something hairy or woolly: his chest was covered by a thick mat of soft fair hair
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    mass, tangle, knot, mop, thatch, shock, mane

verb (mats, matting, matted)

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  • 1Tangle (something, especially hair) in a thick mass: sweat matted his hair the fur on its flank was matted with blood
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    tangle, entangle, knot, snarl up
  • 1.1 [no object] Become tangled.
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    • 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.

Phrases

go to the mat

informal Vigorously engage in an argument or dispute, typically on behalf of a particular person or cause.
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  • 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]
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  • 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.

Origin

Old English m(e)att(e); related to Dutch mat and German Matte, from late Latin matta, from Phoenician.

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mat2

Syllabification: mat

noun

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adjective , noun , & verb

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