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ˈmæ trɪsmat·tress

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mattress(noun)

    a large thick pad filled with resilient material and often incorporating coiled springs, used as a bed or part of a bed


  1. mattress(Noun)

    A pad on which a person can recline and sleep, usually having an inner section of coiled springs covered with foam or other cushioning material then enclosed with cloth fabric.

  2. mattress(Noun)

    A form of retaining wall used to support foundations or an embankment

  3. Origin: From Middle English materas, from Old French, from Arabic (máʈraħ) (place where something is thrown), from (ʈáraħa), to throw.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mattress(noun)

    a quilted bed; a bed stuffed with hair, moss, or other suitable material, and quilted or otherwise fastened

  2. Mattress(noun)

    a mass of interwoven brush, poles, etc., to protect a bank from being worn away by currents or waves

  3. Origin: [OF. materas, F. matelas, LL. matratium; cf. Sp. & Pg. almadraque, Pr. almatrac; all from Ar. marah a place where anything is thrown, what is thrown under something, fr. araha to throw.]


  1. Mattress

    A mattress is a large pad for supporting the reclining body, used as or on a bed. Mattresses may consist of a quilted or similarly fastened case, usually of heavy cloth, that contains hair, straw, cotton, foam rubber, etc.; a framework of metal springs; or they may be inflatable. The word mattress derives from the Arabic "matrah", which means "to throw down" or "place where something is thrown" or "mat, cushion." During the Crusades Europeans adopted the Arabic method of sleeping on cushions on the floor, and the word materas eventually descended into Middle English through the Romance languages. Mattresses are usually placed on top of a bed base which may be solid, as in the case of a platform bed, or elastic, e.g. with an upholstered wood and wire box spring or a slatted foundation. Flexible bed bases can prolong the life of the mattress. Popular in Europe, a divan incorporates both mattress and foundation in a single upholstered, footed unit. Divans have at least one innerspring layer as well as cushioning materials. They may be supplied with a secondary mattress and/or a removable "topper." Early mattresses contained a variety of natural materials including straw, feathers or horse hair. In the first half of the 20th century, a typical mattress sold in North America had an innerspring core and cotton batting or fiberfill. Modern mattresses usually contain either an inner spring core or materials such as latex, viscoelastic or other flexible polyurethane foams. Other fill components include insulator pads over the coils that prevent the bed's upholstery layers from cupping down into the innerspring, as well as polyester fiberfill in the bed's top upholstery layers. Mattresses may also be filled with air or water, or a variety of natural fibers, such as in futons. In Southeast Asia, bedding is made with kapok. In 1901 the English bed maker VI-Spring introduced the first individually wrapped pocketed spring coil mattress.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mattress

    mat′res, n. a bed made of a bag stuffed with wool, horse-hair, &c.: a mass of brushwood, &c., used to form a foundation for roads, &c., or for the walls of embankments, &c.—Spring mattress, a mattress in which springs of twisted wire are used to support the stuffed part; Wire mattress, one whose elasticity is produced by a sheet of tightly-stretched wire. [O. Fr. materas (Fr. matelas)—Ar. matrah, a place where anything is thrown.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. mattress

    A quilted bed; a bed stuffed with hair, moss, or other soft material, and quilted. Mattresses are much used by officers on campaigns.

Editors Contribution

  1. mattress

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes, styles and support used as a bed or part of a bed.

    We chose a memory foam mattress for the level of support it gives to the body, whilst our children prefer a sprung mattress.

    Submitted by MaryC on November 21, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mattress in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mattress in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of mattress in a Sentence

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    He dreamed he was eating shredded wheat and woke up to find the mattress half gone.

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