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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 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 ?
So now she is gone, and the servants are gone, and the things are gone, and there is nothing left but that great bedstead nailed down, with the canvas mattress we found on it.
I ought to tell you that the young men confided to me the fact that there was neither bed nor mattress to be had on the Ford.
just as you please; i'm sorry i cant spare ye a tablecloth for a mattress, and it's a plaguy rough board here --feeling of the knots and notches.
Each one of the occupants furnished his own accommodations--that is, a mattress and some bedding.
Well, now, the under sheet you must bring over the bolster,--so--and tuck it clear down under the mattress nice and smooth,--so,--do you see?
the work of several generations of imprisoned students; and a narrow wooden bedstead with a villainous straw mattress, but no sheets, pillows, blankets, or coverlets--for these the student must furnish at his own cost if he wants them.
Just a hint of the fall styles, mother," she said, slipping the stem of a gorgeous red and yellow sapling between the mattress and the foot of the bed.
I interrupted, dragging the pillow away, and turning the holes towards the mattress, for she was removing its contents by handfuls.
There were in the cell, a chair, a table, and a straw mattress.
Looking in, I saw a lighted candle on a table, a bench, and a mattress on a truckle bedstead.
We put old Redruth in the gallery between the cabin and the forecastle, with three or four loaded muskets and a mattress for protection.
There was nothing stirring, and no sound except the drip, drop, drop drip of water trickling from the mattress.