from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Material formed into or considered as a mat: The forest floor had a thick matting of pine needles.
- n. A coarsely woven fabric used for covering floors and similar purposes.
- n. The activity of making mats.
- n. A dull surface or finish.
- n. The process of dulling a surface, as of metal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. mats, a collection of ground coverings
- n. coarse fabric, of the kind used to make mats
- n. a dull surface, often used for surrounding pictures; matte
- v. Present participle of mat.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of interweaving or tangling together so as to make a mat; the process of becoming matted.
- n. Mats, in general, or collectively; mat work; a matlike fabric, for use in covering floors, packing articles, and the like; a kind of carpeting made of straw, etc.
- n. Materials for mats.
- n. An ornamental border. See 3d Mat, 4.
- n. A dull, lusterless surface in certain of the arts, as gilding, metal work, glassmaking, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Materials for mats; matwork.
- n. A fabric of some coarse material, as rushes, flags, grass, straw, hemp, bamboo, etc., used for covering floors, as a packing for some kinds of goods, and for various other purposes.
- n. Nautical, a texture made of strands of old rope, or of spun-yarn, beaten flat and interwoven, used to prevent chafing.
- n. The mat of a picture.—
- n. The act or process of producing a dull or roughened surface on metal; specifically, the process of covering plates with varnish in gilding on water-size.
- n. A dull, slightly roughened surface, free from polish, produced by the use of the mat.
- n. In stained glass, color laid on to deaden a surface or to render glass less transparent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. mounting consisting of a border or background for a picture
- n. a covering of coarse fabric (usually of straw or hemp)
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Wrapped in matting, well oiled, free from rust, and brand new, two Winchesters were first unearthed.
The whole front of the theatre, a curtain of matting, is rolled up at intervals and, when the feat in progress is at its most thrilling climax, is let fall.
We sat upon the floor, for chairs there are none in Japan, but the exquisite matting is padded until it is as soft as velvet.
This is an operation of some difficulty, particularly if the cane be long, and it is carefully wrapped up in matting or in hay bands, to prevent it from receiving any injury.
After gathering, the leaves are arranged in regular layers and covered with straw matting, which is removed in a couple of days.
To the right of the matting was the door communicating with the shop, and to the left were bunks.
There was a space on the floor between two tiger-skins where the matting was a little threadbare.
This matting, which is about a foot and a half in width, and in rolls of great length, is fastened either with twine or wire to the vine stakes, and it is estimated that half-a-dozen men can fix nearly 11,000 yards of it, or sufficient to roof over 2½ acres of vines, during an ordinary day.
(_pandan_); a stronger kind is the _tika Bogor_, or Buitenzorg matting, which is made from the bark of a species of palm, and which is used to cover walls and ceilings.
With passe partout he is using a word for what we call "matting" in the US.