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mat

noun [C] uk   /mæt/ us  

mat noun [C] (FLOOR)

C1 a small piece of strong material that covers and protects part of a floor: Wipe your feet on the mat before you come inside.
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Carpets, rugs and other floor coverings

mat noun [C] (TABLE)

a small piece of cloth, cardboard, or plastic that is put on a surface such as a table to protect it: a beer mat a place matTable linen and accessories

mat noun [C] (SPORT)

a piece of thick rubber or other soft material used in some sports for people to lie on or fall onto: Please remember to bring a mat and a towel with you to the next aerobics class.Carpets, rugs and other floor coverings

mat noun [C] (LAYER)

a thick layer of something, such as grass or hair, that is twisted together untidily: The top few buttons on his shirt were open, revealing a mat of dark hair on his chest.Coverings and layers
(Definition of mat from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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