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matte definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: not reflecting light; not glossy; "flat wall paint"; "a photograph with a matte finish" [syn: flat, mat, matt, matte, matted] n
1: a mixture of sulfides that forms when sulfide metal ores are smelted
2: the property of having little or no contrast; lacking highlights or gloss [syn: flatness, lusterlessness, lustrelessness, mat, matt, matte] v
1: change texture so as to become matted and felt-like; "The fabric felted up after several washes" [syn: felt, felt up, mat up, matt-up, matte up, matte, mat]

Merriam Webster's

I. or matt variant of mat III 1 II. adjective also mat or matt Etymology: French mat, from Old French, faded, defeated Date: circa 1648 lacking or deprived of luster or gloss: as a. having a usually smooth even surface free from shine or highlights <matte metals> <a matte finish> b. having a rough or granular surface III. noun Etymology: French, from Middle French, crude metal, curdled milk, from feminine of mat thick, dull, matte Date: 1839 1. a crude mixture of sulfides formed in smelting sulfide ores of metals (as copper, lead, or nickel) 2. a motion-picture effect in which part of a scene is blocked out and later replaced by footage containing other material (as a background painting)

Oxford Reference Dictionary

1. n. an impure product of the smelting of sulphide ores, esp. those of copper or nickel. Etymology: F 2. n. Cinematog. a mask to obscure part of an image and allow another image to be superimposed, giving a combined effect. Etymology: F

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Matte Matte, n. [F. matte; cf. F. mat, masc., matte, fem., faint, dull, dim; -- said of metals. See Mate checkmate.] 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.

Moby Thesaurus

Photostat, Xerox, Xerox copy, blowup, blueprint, contact printing, cyanotype, enlargement, glossy, hologram, lantern slide, microcopy, microprint, photocopy, photogravure, photostatic copy, positive, print, projection printing, semi-matte, slide, transparency

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