1. Metallurgy 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.
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.
adj : not reflecting light; not glossy; "flat wall paint"; "a
photograph with a matte finish" [syn: flat, mat, matt,
n 1: a mixture of sulfides that forms when sulfide metal ores are
2: the property of having little or no contrast; lacking
highlights or gloss [syn: flatness, lusterlessness, lustrelessness,
v : change texture so as to become matted and felt-like; "The
fabric felted up after several washes" [syn: felt, felt
up, mat up, matt-up, matte up, mat]