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  • noun Archaic form of mattress.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • In a tribute that Sam published several weeks later, Henry escapes on a “mattrass to a raft or open wood boat,” but has suffered brain damage from “the concussion.”

    Mark Twain

  • In a tribute that Sam published several weeks later, Henry escapes on a “mattrass to a raft or open wood boat,” but has suffered brain damage from “the concussion.”

    Mark Twain

  • No such circumstance appeared, but as her eyes glanced, with almost phrenzied eagerness, she perceived something shadowy in a remote corner of the floor; and on approaching, discovered what seemed a dreadful hieroglyphic, a mattrass of straw, in which she thought she beheld the death-bed of the miserable recluse; nay more, that the impression it still retained, was that which her form had left there.

    The Italian

  • I was delighted to see a four-post bed, with mosquito bars, and a clean pulu mattrass, with a linen sheet over it, covered with a beautiful quilt with a quaint arabesque pattern on a white ground running round it, and a wreath of green leaves in the centre.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • We had sheets of our own, which were spread upon a mattrass, and here I took my repose wrapped in a greatcoat, if that could be called repose which was interrupted by the innumerable stings of vermin.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • We had to sleep all together in the cabin, packed pretty close; but they very civilly allowed me plenty of room for my mattrass, and we got on very well together.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • A man in good health may put up with any thing; but I would advise every valetudinarian who travels this way, to provide his own chaise, mattrass, and bedlinnen, otherwise he will pass his time very uncomfortably.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • And now poor Stubb goes to bed upon a mattrass that is all too soft; would it were stuffed with brushwood!

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • She assisted me to tie up the mattrass; I discovering, at the same time, that one blanket would serve me till winter, could I persuade my sister, who slept with me, to keep my secret.

    Maria; or The Wrongs of Woman

  • We got the mattrass down the back stairs, unperceived, and I helped to carry it, taking with me all the money I had, and what I could borrow from my sister.

    Maria; or The Wrongs of Woman

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  • A round-bottomed glass flask with a long neck, used in assaying metals.

    April 21, 2008

  • I'm thinking about getting a new one of these, so my back doesn't hurt in the mornings.

    AHHUH! AHHUH-HUH!!

    April 21, 2008

  • The pirate got his cuirass stuck in the mattrass.

    Guffaw!

    April 21, 2008