American English

Definition of mat noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a small piece of thick carpet or strong material that is used to cover part of a floor Wipe your feet on the mat before you come in, please. see also bath mat, doormat
  2. 2a piece of thick material such as rubber or plastic used especially in some sports for people to lie on or fall onto a judo/an exercise mat
  3. 3a small piece of plastic, wood, or cloth used on a table to protect the surface from heat or damage see also place mat
  4. 4a thick mass of something that is stuck together a mat of hair see also matted
  5. Idioms
    go to the mat (with somebody) (for somebody/something) (informal)
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    to support or defend someone or something in an argument with someone
    take somebody/something to the mat (informal)
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    to get involved in an argument with someone or something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: mat