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matter

noun

1 matter

A vaguely specified concern:
— Several matters to attend to.

synonyms: affair, thing.

Roget 625: business, occupation, employment; pursuit etc. 622; what one is doing, what one is about; affair, concern, matter, case.    matter in hand, ... show more

Roget 151: eventuality, event, occurrence, incident, affair, matter, thing, episode, happening, proceeding, contingency, juncture, experience, fact; ... show more

Roget 591: printing; block printing, type-printing; plate printing etc. 558 (engraving); the press etc. (publication) 531; composition.    print, letterpress, ... show more

Roget 316: materiality, materialness; corporeity, corporality; substantiality, substantialness, flesh and blood, plenum; physical condition.    matter, body, substance, brute matter, ... show more

Roget 3: substantiality, hypostasis; person, being, thing, object, article, item; something, a being, an existence; creature, body, substance, ... show more

Roget 653: uncleanness etc. adj.; impurity; immundity, immundicity; impurity etc. 961 [of mind]. defilement, contamination etc. v.; ... show more

Dutch: aangelegenheid, affaire, ding, kwestie, zaak



2 matter

Some situation or event that is thought about:
— It is a matter for the police.

synonyms: issue, subject, topic.

Roget 516: meaning; signification, significance; sense, expression; import, purport; force; drift, tenor, spirit, bearing, coloring; scope.    ... show more

Roget 454: subject of thought, material for thought; food for the mind, mental pabulum.    subject, subject matter; matter, theme, noemata [Gr.], topic, what it is about, thesis, text, business, ... show more

Dutch: van belang zijn, gegeven, issue, item, materie, onderwerp, punt, stof, thema
Polish: klin

3 matter

That which has mass and occupies space.

Dutch: materie, stof, substantie
Polish: materia

4 matter

A problem.

5 matter

used with negation Having consequence.

6 matter

Written works (especially in books or magazines).

verb

1 matter

Have weight; have import, carry weight:
— It does not matter much.

synonyms: count, weigh.

Roget 642: be important etc. adj., be somebody, be something; import, signify, matter, boot, be an object; carry weight etc. (influence) ... show more

Dutch: gelden, meespreken, meetellen, schelen, spelen, tellen, uitmaken, verrekken, verrotten


Moby thesaurus: activities, activity, ado, affair, affairs, air, ambition, amount, amount to something, amplitude, annoyance, anxiety, argument, article, aspect, aspiration, atom, atomic particles, atoms, autograph ... show more.

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mat

noun

1 mat

A thick flat pad used as a floor covering.

Roget 215: support, ground, foundation, base, basis; terra firma; bearing, fulcrum, bait [U.S.], caudex crib; point d'appui [Fr.], pou sto [Gr.], purchase footing, hold, ... show more

Dutch: mat, onderlegger, placemat
Polish: mata

2 mat

Mounting consisting of a border or background for a picture.

synonym: matting.

Roget 219: crossing etc. v.; intersection, interdigitation; decussation, transversion; convolution etc. 248; level crossing.    reticulation, network; ... show more

Dutch: matwerk

3 mat

Sports equipment consisting of a piece of thick padding on the floor for gymnastic sports.

synonym: gym mat.

Polish: mata, mata gimnastyczna

4 mat

A mass that is densely tangled or interwoven.

5 MAT

A master's degree in teaching.

synonym: Master of Arts in Teaching.

6 mat

The property of having little or no contrast; lacking highlights or gloss.

synonyms: flatness, lusterlessness, lustrelessness, matt, matte.

Polish: matowość

7 mat

A foundation (usually on soft ground) consisting of an extended layer of reinforced concrete.

synonyms: raft, raft foundation.

8 mat

A small pad of material that is used to protect surface from an object placed on it.

Dutch: deurmat, mat, turnmat

verb

1 mat

Twist together or entwine into a confusing mass.

synonyms: entangle, snarl, tangle.

Roget 219: cross, decussate; intersect, interlace, intertwine, intertwist, interweave, interdigitate, interlink.    twine, entwine, weave, inweave, twist, ... show more

Dutch: verknopen, verstrikken, verwarren

2 mat

Change texture so as to become matted and felt-like.

synonyms: felt, felt up, mat up, matt-up, matte, matte up.

Dutch: vervilten

adjective

1 mat

Not reflecting light; not glossy:
— A photograph with a matte finish.

synonyms: flat, matt, matte, matted.


Moby thesaurus: achromatic, achromic, agora, air mattress, amphitheater, anemic, arena, ashen, ashy, athletic field, auditorium, background, barrier, bear garden, bedding, bled white, blind, bloodless, bolster, bowl ... show more.

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