—adj. having a dull or lusterless surface: matte paint; a matte complexion; a photograph with a matte finish.
—n. 1. a dull or dead surface, often slightly roughened, as on metals, paint, paper, or glass.
2. a tool for producing such a surface.
3. Metall.an unfinished metallic product of the smelting of certain sulfide ores, esp. those of copper.
4. Motion Pictures.See matte shot.
—v.t. to finish with a matte surface. Also,mat,matt.
Pronunciation: (mat),[key] —n.Mining. a mass of timber caved beneath overburden so as to cushion the fall of the overburden and separate it from mineral to be extracted beneath.