Mat vs. Matte

By Jaxson

  • Mat

    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

  • Mat (noun)

    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.”

  • Mat (noun)

    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.”

  • Mat (noun)

    A floor pad to protect athletes.

    “The high jumper cleared the bar and landed safely on the mat.”

  • Mat (noun)

    A thickly tangled mess.

    “a mat of hair; a mat of weeds”

  • Mat (noun)

    A thick paper or paperboard border used to inset and center the contents of a frame.

    “the mat of a daguerreotype”

  • Mat (noun)

    A thin layer of woven, non-woven, or knitted fiber that serves as reinforcement to a material.

  • Mat (noun)

    A thin surface layer; superficial cover.

    “Iceland moss growing in a mat”

  • Mat (noun)

    An alloy of copper, tin, iron, etc.; white metal.

  • Mat (noun)

    abbreviation of matineeperformance at a theater.

  • Mat (noun)

    A material or component needed for a crafting recipe.

    “To make a luck potion, you need several rare herbs as mats.”

  • Mat (verb)

    To cover, protect or decorate with mats.

  • Mat (verb)

    To form a thick, tangled mess; to interweave into, or like, a mat; to entangle.

  • Matte (noun)

    A decorative border around a picture used to inset and center the contents of a frame.


    “The image is a perfect square of 8 cm (with white matte border the total dimensions are 14 cm tall by 11 cm wide).”

  • Matte (noun)

    A painted or created with computers

    “Matte painting is a tool that filmmakers can use to create a scene that is impossible to achieve with conventional cinematographic means.”

  • Matte (noun)

    The molten metal sulfide phases typically formed during smelting of copper, nickel, and other base metals.

  • Matte (adjective)

    Dull; not reflective of light.



    “Flat or matte paint allows a deep color expression on the walls while also hiding flaws that may be inherent on the painted surface.”

    “a matte lipstick”


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