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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of mat2.
  • adj. Variant of mat2.
  • n. A mixture of a metal with its sulfides, produced by smelting the sulfide ores of copper, lead, or nickel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A decorative border around a picture
  • n. A background, often painted or created with computers
  • n. The molten metal sulfide phases typically formed during smelting of copper, nickel, and other base metals
  • adj. dull, not reflective of light

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A partly reduced copper sulphide, obtained by alternately roasting and melting copper ore in separating the metal from associated iron ores, and called coarse metal, fine metal, etc., according to the grade of fineness. On the exterior it is dark brown or black, but on a fresh surface is yellow or bronzy in color.
  • n. A dead or dull finish, as in gilding where the gold leaf is not burnished, or in painting where the surface is purposely deprived of gloss.
  • adj. Having a dull, lusterless surface finish; opposed to glossy or polished.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In metallurgy, a product of the smelting of sulphureted ores, obtained in the process which next follows the roasting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not reflecting light; not glossy
  • n. the property of having little or no contrast; lacking highlights or gloss
  • n. a mixture of sulfides that forms when sulfide metal ores are smelted
  • v. change texture so as to become matted and felt-like

Etymologies

French, curdled milk, matte, from feminine of obsolete mat, compact, from Old French, dull, from Latin mattus, stupefied; see mat2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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