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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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And Cameron leaves himself open to a second charge of hypocrisy when he rightly condemns French military sales to Putin's Russia while wrongly leaving out the welcome mat for oligarchs to wash their dirty money in the City and invest heavily in British property.