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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mattenoun

    a mixture of sulfides that forms when sulfide metal ores are smelted

  2. flatness, lusterlessness, lustrelessness, mat, matt, matteadjective

    the property of having little or no contrast; lacking highlights or gloss

  3. flat, mat, matt, matte, mattedverb

    not reflecting light; not glossy

    "flat wall paint"; "a photograph with a matte finish"

  4. felt, felt up, mat up, matt-up, matte up, matte, matverb

    change texture so as to become matted and felt-like

    "The fabric felted up after several washes"


  1. matteadjective

    Having a dull, lusterless surface finish; opposed to glossy or polished; as, a matte photograph; a proof coin with matte figures on a polished field.


  1. mattenoun

    A decorative border around a picture

    The image is a perfect square of 8 cm (with white matte border the total dimensions are 14 cm tall by 11 cm wide).

  2. mattenoun

    A background, often painted or created with computers

    Matte painting is a tool that filmmakers can use to create a scene that is either too impractical, too costly or simply too impossible to achieve with conventional cinematographic means.

  3. mattenoun

    The molten metal sulfide phases typically formed during smelting of copper, nickel, and other base metals

  4. matteadjective

    dull, not reflective of light

    Flat or matte paint allows a deep color expression on the walls while also hiding flaws that may be inherent on the painted surface.


  1. MATTE

    MATTE is an acronym for Major Accident to the Environment. The term is used in EU major accident prevention legislation, the so-called Seveso II Directive. Further guidance and the definition of MATTE is available in "Guidance on the Interpretation of Major Accident to the Environment for the Purposes of the COMAH Regulations" Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions -ISBN 0-11-753501-X June 1999".


  1. matte

    Matte refers to a description of a surface, material or finish that is dull, not shiny or reflective. In other words, it is non-glossy. This term is commonly used in arts and photography, as well as in cosmetics and product design.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mattenoun

    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. Mattenoun

    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

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


  1. Matte

    Mattes are used in photography and special effects filmmaking to combine two or more image elements into a single, final image. Usually, mattes are used to combine a foreground image with a background image. In this case, the matte is the background painting. In film and stage, mattes can be physically huge sections of painted canvas, portraying large scenic expanses of landscapes. In film, the principle of a matte requires masking certain areas of the film emulsion to selectively control which areas are exposed. However, many complex special-effects scenes have included dozens of discrete image elements, requiring very complex use of mattes, and layering mattes on top of one another. For an example of a simple matte, we may wish to depict a group of actors in front of a store, with a massive city and sky visible above the store's roof. We would have two images—the actors on the set, and the image of the city—to combine onto a third. This would require two masks/mattes. One would mask everything above the store's roof, and the other would mask everything below it. By using these masks/mattes when copying these images onto the third, we can combine the images without creating ghostly double-exposures. In film, this is an example of a static matte, where the shape of the mask does not change from frame to frame. Other shots may require mattes that change, to mask the shapes of moving objects, such as human beings or spaceships. These are known as traveling mattes. Traveling mattes enable greater freedom of composition and movement, but they are also more difficult to accomplish. Chroma key techniques that remove all areas of a certain color from a recording - colloquially known as "bluescreen" or "greenscreen" after the most popular colors used - are probably the best-known and most widely-used modern techniques for creating traveling mattes, although rotoscoping and multiple motion control passes have also been used in the past. Computer-generated imagery, either static or animated, is also often rendered with a transparent background and digitally overlaid on top of modern film recordings using the same principle as a matte - a digital image mask.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Matte

    mat, n. a product of the smelting of sulphuretted ores.—Also Regulus and Coarse metal. [Fr.,—Ger.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. MATTE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Matte is ranked #11216 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Matte surname appeared 2,819 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Matte.

    87.8% or 2,476 total occurrences were White.
    3.9% or 110 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.5% or 72 total occurrences were Black.
    2% or 59 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2% or 57 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1.6% or 45 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of matte in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of matte in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of matte in a Sentence

  1. The Jets:

    Inspired by a Stealth Fighter Jet, the new helmet shell features a matte black finish, the Stealth Black helmet also includes a chrome green face mask, which is an extension of the team's current green helmet shell. The helmet decal has also been updated with a white keyline – pulling together all three team colors on the helmet – green, white and black.

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