matting (countable and uncountable, plural mattings)

  1. mats, a collection of ground coverings
    • 1846, Herman Melville, Typee
      His departure oppressed me with melancholy, and, re-entering the dwelling, I threw myself almost in despair upon the matting of the floor.
  2. coarse fabric, of the kind used to make mats
    • c. 1771 James Cook, First Voyage Round the World
      ... the sails are of Matting and are made narrow at the head and Square at the foot,...
      Besides Cloth they [Tahitians] make several different sorts of matting, both better and finer than any we have in Europe; the stuff they make it on is the Produce of the Palm tree.
  3. a dull surface, often used for surrounding pictures; matte



  1. present participle of mat