A mat is a piece of fabric material that generally is placed on a floor or other flat surface. Mats serve a range of purposes including:
serving to clean items passed over it, such as a doormat, which removes dirt from the soles of shoes
protecting that which is above the mat, such as a wrestling or gymnastics mat, or an anti-vibration mat
protecting that which is beneath the mat, such as a place mat or the matting used in archival framing and preservation of documents and paintings
providing a regular or flat surface, such as a cushioned computer mousepad
A flat piece of wiping one’s feet, or as a decorative or protective floor covering.
“Wipe your feet on the mat before coming in.”
A small flat piece of material used to protect a surface from anything hot or rough; a coaster.
“They put mats on the table during mealtimes.”
A floor pad to protect athletes.
“The high jumper cleared the bar and landed safely on the mat.”
A thickly tangled mess.
“a mat of hair; a mat of weeds”
A thick paper or paperboard border used to inset and center the contents of a frame.
“the mat of a daguerreotype”
A thin layer of woven, non-woven, or knitted fiber that serves as reinforcement to a material.
A thin surface layer; superficial cover.
“Iceland moss growing in a mat”
An alloy of copper, tin, iron, etc.; white metal.
abbreviation of matineeperformance at a theater.
A material or component needed for a crafting recipe.
“To make a luck potion, you need several rare herbs as mats.”
To cover, protect or decorate with mats.
To form a thick, tangled mess; to interweave into, or like, a mat; to entangle.
alternative spelling of matte
alternative spelling of mat|nodot=yesan alloy in coppersmithing