mattress
noun Etymology: Middle English materas, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin materacium, from Arabic maṭraḥ place where something is thrown Date: 14th century 1. a. a fabric case filled with resilient material (as cotton, hair, feathers, foam rubber, or an arrangement of coiled springs) used either alone as a bed or on a bedstead b. an inflatable airtight sack for use as a mattress 2. a device (as of interwoven brush and poles) used to protect a shoreline, bank, or streambed from erosion

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  • Mattress — Mat tress, n. [OF. materas, F. matelas, LL. matratium; cf. Sp. & Pg. almadraque, Pr. almatrac; all from Ar. ma[.t]rah a place where anything is thrown, what is thrown under something, fr. [.t]araha to throw.] [1913 Webster] 1. A large pad stuffed …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mattress — (n.) late 13c., from O.Fr. materas (12c., Mod.Fr. matelas), from It. materasso and directly from M.L. matracium, borrowed in Sicily from Arabic al matrah the cushion (Cf. Sp. almadraque mattress, Prov. almatrac), lit. the thing thrown down, from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • mattress — [ma′trəs] n. [ME materas < OFr < It materasso < Ar maṭraḥ, place where something is thrown or laid, cushion] 1. a) a casing of strong fabric filled with cotton, hair, foam rubber, etc., usually containing coiled springs, often quilted or …   English World dictionary

  • mattress — ► NOUN ▪ a fabric case filled with soft, firm, or springy material used for sleeping on. ORIGIN Arabic, carpet or cushion …   English terms dictionary

  • Mattress — For other uses, see Mattress (disambiguation). A pillow top queen size mattress. A mattress is a manufactured product to sleep or lie on, consisting of resilient materials and covered with an outer fabric or ticking. In the developed world it is… …   Wikipedia

  • Mattress — «Хор» Матрас …   Википедия

  • Mattress — El estilo de esta traducción aún no ha sido revisado por terceros. Si eres hispanohablante nativo y no has participado en esta traducción puedes colaborar revisando y adaptando el estilo de ésta u otras traducciones ya acabadas. Hairgraphy …   Wikipedia Español

  • mattress — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ double, king size, queen size (AmE), single ▪ comfortable, cushy (AmE) ▪ firm, hard …   Collocations dictionary

  • mattress —    (in compounds and phrases) relating to copulation    The common association of beds and copulating, in such phrases as mattress drill and beating the mattress. Mattress extortion is sexual blackmail or persuasion:     So you con him into… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • mattress — n. 1) a firm; soft mattress 2) a double, full; king size; queen size; single, twin mattress * * * [ mætrɪs] full king size queen size: single twin mattress a double a firm: softmattress …   Combinatory dictionary

  • mattress — mat|tress [ˈmætrıs] n ↑ladder, ↑mattress [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: materas, from Arabic matrah place where something is thrown ] the soft part of a bed that you lie on firm/soft/hard etc mattress ▪ an old, lumpy mattress …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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