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mat

1
a. a heavy net of cable or rope laid over a blasting site to prevent the scatter of debris
b. a heavy mesh of reinforcement in a concrete slab
c. (esp US) a steel or concrete raft serving as a footing to support a post

mat

2
Art a border of cardboard, cloth, etc., placed around a picture to act as a frame or as a contrast between picture and frame

Mat

 

a quaking bog, a growth of vegetation floating on the surface of a body of water. It is formed primarily of mosses or other swamp plants (for example, sedges and buckbean). As the thickness of the mat increases (up to 1 to 2 m), its lower layers decay and fall to the bottom, forming peat.


Mat

 

in sports, a soft padding that protects athletes against injuries when they fall from equipment or execute jumps.

mat

[mat]
(civil engineering)
A steel or concrete footing under a post.
Mesh reinforcement in a concrete slab.
A heavy steel-mesh blanket used to suppress rock fragments during blasting.
(materials)
Randomly distributed felt or glass fibers used in reinforced-plastics lay-up molding.
(mining engineering)
An accumulation of broken mine timbers, rock, earth, and other debris coincident with the caving system of mining.

mat

1. See matte.
2. See mattress.
3. A very heavy, flexible blanket of steel mesh, woven wire rope, or chain; used to confine fragments of rock during blasting.

matte, mat, matt

A surface finish which is dull, with little or no gloss or sheen, and with low light reflectivity.
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Mr Stephen Spence, prosecuting at Norwich Crown Court yesterday, said: "The allegation is that Matless pulled out to overtake two vehicles in the course of which the wing mirror of his vehicle struck a young woman, killing her.
AT THE START OF THIS ENTERTAINING, but very disturbing, book David Matless assumes that the upper class, who had always had a clear sense of national identity, virtually killed itself off in the 1914-18 war, leaving a void where a self-concept, which could be described as patriotism, should have existed.
Matless D, 2005 Landscape and Englishness (Reaktion Books, London)
Matless D, Oldfield J, Swain A, 2008, "Geographically touring the eastern bloc: British geography, travel cultures and the Cold War" Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, New Series 33 354-375
Naylor S K, Ryan J R, 2003, "Ethnicity and cultural landscapes: mosques, gudwaras and mandirs in England and Wales", in Geographies of British Modernity: Space and Society in the Twentieth Century Eds D Gilbert, D Matless, B Short (Blackwell, Oxford) pp 168-184
I want to adopt the category of wonder but, following Matless (2009), I want to detach such a stance from the wonderful, and in turn the capacity of things to disrupt.
The combination of shared field histories, pencil drawings, and numbers helps in producing a "knowing around" (Hinchliffe et al, 2005) swans and other species that frequent British wetlands (see also Matless et al, 2005).