(Mat), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Matted ; p. pr. & vb. n. Matting.]
1. To cover or lay with mats. Evelyn.
2. To twist, twine, or felt together; to interweave into, or like, a mat; to entangle.
And o'er his eyebrows hung his matted hair.Dryden.
(Mat), v. i. To grow thick together; to become interwoven or felted together like a mat.
(||Ma`ta*chin") n. [Sp.] An old dance with swords and bucklers; a sword dance.
(Mat"a*co) n. (Zoöl.) The three-banded armadillo See Illust. under Loricata.
(Mat"a*dore, Mat"a*dor) n. [Sp. matador, prop., a killer, fr. matar to kill, L. mactare to
1. The killer; the man appointed to kill the bull in bullfights.
2. (Card Playing) In the game of quadrille or omber, the three principal trumps, the ace of spades being
the first, the ace of clubs the third, and the second being the deuce of a black trump or the seven of a
When Lady Tricksey played a four,Swift.
You took it with a matadore.
(Mat`a*gasse") n. (Zoöl.) A shrike or butcher bird; called also mattages. [Prov. Eng.]
(||Ma`ta*ma"ta) n. [Pg.] (Zoöl.) The bearded tortoise (Chelys fimbriata) of South American
(Ma*tan"za) n. [Sp., slaughter, fr. matar to kill.] A place where animals are slaughtered for
their hides and tallow. [Western U. S.]
(Match) n. [OE. macche, F. mèche, F. mèche, fr. L. myxa a lamp nozzle, Gr. my`xa mucus,
nostril, a lamp nozzle. Cf. Mucus.] Anything used for catching and retaining or communicating fire,
made of some substance which takes fire readily, or remains burning some time; esp., a small strip or
splint of wood dipped at one end in a substance which can be easily ignited by friction, as a preparation
of phosphorus or chlorate of potassium.