. See under Bar, and Fact.Matter of record, anything recorded.Upon the matter, orUpon the whole matter, considering the whole; taking all things into view.

Waller, with Sir William Balfour, exceeded in horse, but were, upon the whole matter, equal in foot.

(Mat"ter) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Mattered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Mattering.]

1. To be of importance; to import; to signify.

It matters not how they were called.

2. To form pus or matter, as an abscess; to maturate. [R.] "Each slight sore mattereth." Sir P. Sidney.

(Mat"ter), v. t. To regard as important; to take account of; to care for. [Obs.]

He did not matter cold nor hunger.
H. Brooke.

(Mat"ter*less), a.

1. Not being, or having, matter; as, matterless spirits. Davies

2. Unimportant; immaterial. [Obs.]

(Mat"ter-of-fact") a. Adhering to facts; not turning aside from absolute realities; not fanciful or imaginative; commonplace; dry.

(Mat"ter*y) a.

1. Generating or containing pus; purulent.

2. Full of substance or matter; important. B. Jonson.

(Mat"ting) n. [From Mat, v. t. & i.]

1. The act of interweaving or tangling together so as to make a mat; the process of becoming matted.

2. Mats, in general, or collectively; mat work; a matlike fabric, for use in covering floors, packing articles, and the like; a kind of carpeting made of straw, etc.

3. Materials for mats.

4. An ornamental border. See 3d Mat, 4.

(Mat"ting), n. [See Matte.] A dull, lusterless surface in certain of the arts, as gilding, metal work, glassmaking, etc.

(Mat"tock) n. [AS. mattuc; cf. W. matog.] An implement for digging and grubbing. The head has two long steel blades, one like an adz and the other like a narrow ax or the point of a pickax.

'T is you must dig with mattock and with spade.

(Mat`to*wac"ca) n. [Indian name.] (Zoöl.) An American clupeoid fish (Clupea mediocris), similar to the shad in habits and appearance, but smaller and less esteemed for food; — called also hickory shad, tailor shad, fall herring, and shad herring.

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