(Mat"ron*ize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Matronized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Matronizing ]
1. To make a matron of; to make matronlike.
Childbed matronizes the giddiest spirits.Richardson.
2. To act the part of a matron toward; to superintend; to chaperone; as, to matronize an assembly.
(Ma"tron*like`) a. Like a matron; sedate; grave; matronly.
1. Advanced in years; elderly.
2. Like, or befitting, a matron; grave; sedate.
(Mat`ro*nym"ic) n. [L. mater mother + -nymic, as in patronimic.] See Metronymic.
(Ma*tross") n. [D. matroos, fr. F. matelot.] (Mil.) Formerly, in the British service, a gunner or
a gunner's mate; one of the soldiers in a train of artillery, who assisted the gunners in loading, firing, and
sponging the guns. [Obs.]
(Matt) n. See Matte. Knight.
(Mat`ta*ges") n. (Zoöl.) A shrike or butcher bird; written also matagasse. [Prov. Eng.]
(Mat"ta*more`) n. [F. matamore, from Ar. ma&tsdotmora.] A subterranean repository for
(Matte) n. [F. matte; cf. F. mat, masc., matte, fem., faint, dull, dim; said of metals. See Mate
1. (Metallurgy) A partly reduced copper sulphide, obtained by alternately roasting and melting copper
ore in separating the metal from associated iron ores, and called coarse metal, fine metal, etc., according
to the grade of fineness. On the exterior it is dark brown or black, but on a fresh surface is yellow or
bronzy in color.
2. A dead or dull finish, as in gilding where the gold leaf is not burnished, or in painting where the surface
is purposely deprived of gloss.
Matted glass, glass ornamented with figures on a dull ground.
(Mat"ted) a. [See Matte.] Having a dull surface; unburnished; as, matted gold leaf or gilding.
(Mat"ted), a. [See 3d Mat.]
1. Covered with a mat or mats; as, a matted floor.
2. Tangled closely together; having its parts adhering closely together; as, matted hair.
(Mat"ter) n. [OE. matere, F. matière, fr. L. materia; perh. akin to L. mater mother. Cf. Mother,