Definition of Matte

1. Noun. A mixture of sulfides that forms when sulfide metal ores are smelted.

Generic synonyms: Mixture
Specialized synonyms: Sparkle Metal



2. Verb. Change texture so as to become matted and felt-like. "The fabric felted up after several washes"
Exact synonyms: Felt, Felt Up, Mat, Mat Up, Matt-up, Matte Up
Generic synonyms: Change
Derivative terms: Felt, Mat, Matting

3. Adjective. Not reflecting light; not glossy. "A photograph with a matte finish"
Exact synonyms: Flat, Mat, Matt, Matted
Similar to: Dull
Derivative terms: Flatness, Matt

4. Noun. The property of having little or no contrast; lacking highlights or gloss.
Exact synonyms: Flatness, Lusterlessness, Lustrelessness, Mat, Matt
Generic synonyms: Dullness
Derivative terms: Flat, Flat, Lusterless, Lustreless, Mat, Matt

Definition of Matte

1. n. 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.

Definition of Matte

1. Noun. (arts photography) A decorative border around a picture ¹

2. Noun. (context: cinema) A background, often painted or created with computers ¹

3. Noun. (context: pyrometallurgy) The molten metal sulfide phases typically formed during smelting of copper, nickel, and other base metals ¹

4. Adjective. dull, not reflective of light ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Matte

1. to produce a dull finish on [v MATTED, MATTING, MATTES]

Medical Definition of Matte

1. 1. 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 colour. 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. Origin: F. Matte; cf. F. Mat, masc, matte, fem, faint, dull, dim; said of metals. See Mate checkmate. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Matte

matsoni
matsoon
matsoun
matsuri
matsuris
matsutake
matsutakes
matsyendra
matt
matt-up
matta
mattacin
mattagamite
mattages
mattamore
matte (current term)
matte up
matted
mattedly
matter
matter-of-course
matter-of-fact
matter-of-factly
matter-of-factness
matter of course
matter of fact
matter of law
matter of record
matter of time
matter to

Literary usage of Matte

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1. Transactions of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and (1917)
"Previous to the adoption of granulation, the matte was tapped from the ... The matte cakes were broken with sledges, and transported to the crushing plant ..."

2. Report of the Royal Ontario Nickel Commission: With Appendix by Ontario Royal Nickel Commission, George Thomas Holloway (1917)
"It is usual in Canada, in fact, to use the terms matte, bessemer matte and ... Such matte is practically free from iron, of which it usually contains under ..."

3. Handbook of Metallurgy by Carl Schnabel (1907)
"The iron passes into the slag, and the nickel and copper present form a matte. The process is finished when samples from the furnace show that the greater ..."

4. Metallurgical Calculations by Joseph William Richards (1918)
""Bringing Forward " of Copper matte. The above term is the old Welsh ... The matte obtained by the first smelting operation varies considerably in richness, ..."

5. The Metallurgy of the Common Metals, Gold, Silver, Iron (and Steel), Copper by Leonard Strong Austin (1921)
"Since matte is roasted and returned to the blast-furnace, the content in copper ... When increased to 12 per cent, the copper matte is again roasted and ..."

6. Metallurgical Calculations by Joseph William Richards (1917)
"Bringing Forward " of Copper matte. The above term is the old Welsh expression ... The matte obtained by the first smelting operation varies considerably in ..."

7. Metallurgy of Copper by Heinrich Oscar Hofman (1914)
"B. LEACHING COPPER matte 235. Leaching of Copper matte in General.—Wet treatment of copper matte need to be considered only when this carries precious ..."

8. The Metallurgy of the Non-ferrous Metals by William Gowland (1914)
"The unroasted matte is charged into the furnace in lumps and very slowly melted down at a low ... The slag is skimmed off and the purified matte tapped out, ..."

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