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mat·tress

 (măt′rĭs)
n.
1.
a. A usually rectangular pad of heavy cloth filled with soft material or an arrangement of coiled springs, used as or on a bed.
b. An airtight inflatable pad used as or on a bed or as a cushion.
2. A closely woven mat of brush and poles used to protect an embankment, a dike, or a dam from erosion.

[Middle English materas, mattresse, from Old French materas, from Old Italian materasso and from Medieval Latin matracium, both from Arabic maṭraḥ, place where something is thrown, mat, cushion, from ṭaraḥa, to throw; see ṭrḥ in Semitic roots.]

mattress

(ˈmætrɪs)
n
1. (Furniture) a large flat pad with a strong cover, filled with straw, foam rubber, etc, and often incorporating coiled springs, used as a bed or as part of a bed
2. (Civil Engineering) Also called: Dutch mattress a woven mat of brushwood, poles, etc, used to protect an embankment, dyke, etc, from scour
3. (Building) a concrete or steel raft or slab used as a foundation or footing. Sometimes shortened to: mat
4. (Building) a network of reinforcing rods or expanded metal sheeting, used in reinforced concrete
5. (Civil Engineering) civil engineering another name for blinding3
[C13: via Old French from Italian materasso, from Arabic almatrah place where something is thrown]

mat•tress

(ˈmæ trɪs)

n.
1. a large pad used as or on a bed and consisting of a cloth case filled with straw, cotton, foam rubber, or similar supporting material.
3. a mat woven of brush, poles, or similar material, used to prevent erosion of dikes, jetties, etc.
4. a layer of any material used to cushion or protect.
[1250–1300; Middle English materas < Old French < Italian materasso < Arabic maṭraḥ mat, cushion]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mattress - a large thick pad filled with resilient material and often incorporating coiled springs, used as a bed or part of a bedmattress - a large thick pad filled with resilient material and often incorporating coiled springs, used as a bed or part of a bed
air mattress - a mattress that can be stored flat and inflated for use
bed - a piece of furniture that provides a place to sleep; "he sat on the edge of the bed"; "the room had only a bed and chair"
feather bed, featherbed - a mattress stuffed with feathers
futon - mattress consisting of a pad of cotton batting that is used for sleeping on the floor or on a raised frame
pad - a flat mass of soft material used for protection, stuffing, or comfort
paillasse, palliasse - mattress consisting of a thin pad filled with straw or sawdust
pallet - a mattress filled with straw or a pad made of quilts; used as a bed
spring mattress - a mattress containing springs in a rigid frame
tick - a light mattress
Translations
حَشِيَةٌفراشفِراش
matrace
madras
برخوابهتشكدوشك
patja
madrac
matracágybetét
matras
dÿna
マットレス
매트리스
matracas
matracis
matrac
vzmetnicažimnica
madrass
ที่นอน
đệm

mattress

[ˈmætrɪs] Ncolchón m

mattress

[ˈmætrəs] nmatelas m

mattress

nMatratze f

mattress

[ˈmætrɪs] nmaterasso

mattress

(ˈmӕtris) noun
a thick, firm layer of padding, covered in cloth etc, for lying on, usually as part of a bed.

mattress

حَشِيَةٌ matrace madras Matratze στρώμα colchón patja matelas madrac materasso マットレス 매트리스 matras madrass materac colchão матрац madrass ที่นอน yatak đệm 床垫

mattress

n. colchón.

mattress

n colchón m
References in classic literature ?
I now marvel at the patience of the students while sleeping upon the floor while waiting for some kind of a bedstead to be constructed, or at their sleeping without any kind of a mattress while waiting for something that looked like a mattress to be made.
Under the mattress there was nothing but the metal netting, which could not conceal anything or anybody.
If, in carrying Mademoiselle on the mattress from the laboratory of the chateau, they rested for a moment, there might have been an opportunity for the man in it to escape.
The bedrooms have no locks on the doors, no furniture but a single chair in each, and a bedstead without bedding--just a mattress.
This was to be my first night on the mattress, and I knew I should sleep the sweeter because she had made it.
The box had dropped very much where I had found it; it had exhausted my strength none the less, and I was glad at last to lie down on the mattress, and to wind my body in Rattray's blankets.
Each one of the occupants furnished his own accommodations--that is, a mattress and some bedding.
At the end of a fairly hard day's work it was certainly something of an effort to clear one's room, to pull the mattress off one's bed, and lay it on the floor, to fill a pitcher with cold coffee, and to sweep a long table clear for plates and cups and saucers, with pyramids of little pink biscuits between them; but when these alterations were effected, Mary felt a lightness of spirit come to her, as if she had put off the stout stuff of her working hours and slipped over her entire being some vesture of thin, bright silk.
and Petritsky pulled a letter out from under the mattress, where he had hidden it.
The fact is, that there was considerable difficulty in inducing Oliver to take upon himself the office of respiration,--a troublesome practice, but one which custom has rendered necessary to our easy existence; and for some time he lay gasping on a little flock mattress, rather unequally poised between this world and the next: the balance being decidedly in favour of the latter.
In the meanwhile, John de Witt, whom we left climbing the stairs, after the conversation with the jailer Gryphus and his daughter Rosa, had reached the door of the cell, where on a mattress his brother Cornelius was resting, after having undergone the preparatory degrees of the torture.
We put old Redruth in the gallery between the cabin and the forecastle, with three or four loaded muskets and a mattress for protection.