Definition of Mattress

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

Specialized synonyms: Air Mattress, Feather Bed, Featherbed, Futon, Paillasse, Palliasse, Pallet, Spring Mattress, Tick
Group relationships: Bed
Generic synonyms: Pad

Definition of Mattress

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

Definition of Mattress

1. 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. ¹

2. Noun. A form of retaining wall used to support foundations or an embankment ¹

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Definition of Mattress

1. a large pad filled with resilient material used on or as a bed [n -ES]

Medical Definition of Mattress

1. Origin: OF. Materas, F. Matelas, LL. Matratium; cf. Sp. & Pg. Almadraque, Pr. Almatrac; all from Ar. Ma A mass of interwoven brush, poles, etc, to protect a bank from being worn away by currents or waves. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mattress

mattress (current term)
mattress cover
mattress pad
mattress suture

Literary usage of Mattress

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1. The Improvement of Rivers: A Treatise on the Methods Employed for Improving by Benjamin Franklin Thomas, David Alexander Watt (1913)
"Sinking and Ballasting mattress.—Specifications for standard revetment provide that ' of a cubic yard of riprap stone per linear foot of mattress shall be ..."

2. Handbook of Cost Data for Contractors and Engineers: A Reference Book Giving by Halbert Powers Gillette (1910)
"The brush mattress Is woven by men working on scows, the scows extending out Into ... The scows are provided with "ways" on which the mattress rests, and, ..."

3. A Complete Handbook for the Sanitary Troops of the U.S. Army and Navy and by Charles Field Mason (1917)
"The mattress is of hair in three sections fastened together by straps, so that the soiling or destruction of one section does not necessitate the loss of ..."

4. The Annual of Scientific Discovery, Or, Year-book of Facts in Science and Art by David Ames Wells, Charles Robert Cross, John Trowbridge, Samuel Kneeland, George Bliss (1854)
"At the top, the springs, instead of being connected together by wooden slats, rudely fastened, as is the case in the ordinary spring mattress, are united by ..."

5. Recreation by George O. Shields, American Canoe Association, League of American Sportsmen (1898)
"This of itself is an important improvement over any other camp mattress. When one lies on a rubber mattress that has a flat, plain surface, the body becomes ..."

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