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