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.
A large tub, such as is used for making wine or for tanning.
A square, hollow place on the back of a calcining furnace, where tin ore is laid to dry.
A vessel for holding holy water.
A liquid measure and dry measure; especially, a liquid measure in Belgium and Holland, corresponding to the hectolitre of the metric system, which contains 22.01 imperial gallons, or 26.4 standard gallons in the United States. (The old Dutch grain vat averaged 0.762 Winchester bushel. The old London coal vat contained 9 bushels. The solid-measurement vat of Amsterdam contains 40 cubic feet; the wine vat, 241.57 imperial gallons, and the vat for olive oil, 225.45 imperial gallons.)
To put into a vat.
To blend (wines or spirits) in a vat; figuratively, to mix or blend elements as if with wines or spirits.
a large tank or tub used to hold liquid, especially in industry
“a vat of hot tar”
a water-insoluble dye, such as indigo, that is applied to a fabric in a reducing bath which converts it to a soluble form, the colour being obtained on subsequent oxidation in the fabric fibres.
place or treat in a vat
“the grapes are vatted for between 15 and 21 days and then aged in small barrels”