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Mat"tress (?), n. [OF. materas, F. matelas, LL. matratium; cf. Sp. & Pg. almadraque, Pr. almatrac; all from Ar. ma&tsdot_;rah a place where anything is thrown, what is thrown under something, fr. &tsdot_;araha to throw.]
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1. A large pad stuffed with hair, moss, or other suitable soft material, and quilted or otherwise fastened, used as or in a bed, to support the human body while lying down. [Written also matress.]
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2. (Hydraulic Engin.) A mass of interwoven brush, poles, etc., to protect a bank from being worn away by currents or waves.
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innerspring mattress A variety of mattress{1} having springs inside to provide a flexible support; it is considered more comfortable than a stuffed mattress.