1 a thick flat piece of fabric used as a floor covering, a place to wipe one's shoes, etc.
2 a smaller pad of material used to protect a surface from the heat, scratches, etc., of an object placed upon it
3 a large piece of thick padded material put on the floor as a surface for wrestling, judo, or gymnastic sports
go back to the mat (N.Z.) to abandon urban civilization
6 any surface or mass that is densely interwoven or tangled
a mat of grass and weeds
7 the solid part of a lace design
8 a heavy net of cable or rope laid over a blasting site to prevent the scatter of debris
9 (Civil engineering) short for →
vb , mats, matting, matted
10 to tangle or weave or become tangled or woven into a dense mass
11 tr to cover with a mat or mats
(Old English matte; related to Old High German matta)
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