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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MAT

Say, he told me they've got a mat at the door with 'Welcome' on it—in letters three feet high.

Put him into a mat, and roll him up in it without killing him.

The servants put the rascal into the mat, and tied it round tight.

Then the rascal put him naked into the mat, and tied it round tight.

Nor did she dream that he had made a mat of his glory for her to walk upon.

Ay, the job was done, and the mat over the dead-eyes of the shrouds!

The front door was still open, and on the mat lay Barbara's scarf.

A mat was given to her for a bed, and a rug to spread over her.

A mat woven of dried husks and laid upon the ground forms the only bed.

He was dark-eyed, and his hair was a mat of close black curls.

WORD ORIGIN

loosely joined natural materials used as bedding, etc., Old English matte, from Late Latin matta "mat made of rushes" (4c.), probably from Punic or Phoenician matta (cf. Hebrew mittah "bed, couch"). Meaning "tangled mass" is from 1835. That of "piece of padded flooring used in gymnastics or wrestling" is attested from 1892; hence figurative phrase go to the mat "do battle" (1910). The Latin word also is the source of German Matte, matze; Dutch mat, Italian matta. French natte "mat, matting" is from Late Latin secondary form natta (cf. napkin).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR MAT

blanket

nouncover, covering
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