(mathematics) a rectangular array of quantities or expressions set out by rows and columns; treated as a single element and manipulated according to rules
(geology) amass of fine-grained rock in which fossils, crystals, or gems are embedded
an enclosure within which something originates or develops (from the Latin for womb)
matrix, intercellular substance, ground substance(noun)
the body substance in which tissue cells are embedded
the formative tissue at the base of a nail
mold used in the production of phonograph records, type, or other relief surface
The material or tissue in which more specialized structures are embedded.
An extracellular matrix, the material or tissue between the cells of animals or plants.
Part of the mitochondrion.
The medium in which bacteria are cultured.
A rectangular arrangement of numbers or terms having various uses such as transforming coordinates in geometry, solving systems of linear equations in linear algebra and representing graphs in graph theory.
A two-dimensional array.
A table of data.
A geological matrix, the outer material of a rock consisting of larger grains embedded in a material consisting of smaller ones.
The sediment surrounding and including the artifacts, features, and other materials at a site.
The environment from which a given sample is taken.
Origin: From matrice, from matrix, from mater.
hence, that which gives form or origin to anything
the cavity in which anything is formed, and which gives it shape; a die; a mold, as for the face of a type
the earthy or stony substance in which metallic ores or crystallized minerals are found; the gangue
the five simple colors, black, white, blue, red, and yellow, of which all the rest are composed
the lifeless portion of tissue, either animal or vegetable, situated between the cells; the intercellular substance
a rectangular arrangement of symbols in rows and columns. The symbols may express quantities or operations
Origin: [L., fr. mater mother. See Mother, and cf. Matrice.]
In mathematics, a matrix is a rectangular array of numbers, symbols, or expressions, arranged in rows and columns. The individual items in a matrix are called its elements or entries. An example of a matrix with 2 rows and 3 columns is Matrices of the same size can be added or subtracted element by element. But the rule for matrix multiplication is that two matrices can be multiplied only when the number of columns in the first equals the number of rows in the second. A major application of matrices is to represent linear transformations, that is, generalizations of linear functions such as f(x) = 4x. For example, the rotation of vectors in three dimensional space is a linear transformation. If R is a rotation matrix and v is a column vector describing the position of a point in space, the product Rv is a column vector describing the position of that point after a rotation. The product of two matrices is a matrix that represents the composition of two linear transformations. Another application of matrices is in the solution of a system of linear equations. If the matrix is square, it is possible to deduce some of its properties by computing its determinant. For example, a square matrix has an inverse if and only if its determinant is not zero. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors provide insight into the geometry of linear transformations.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
mā′triks, or mat′riks, n. (anat.) the cavity in which an animal is formed before its birth, the womb: the cavity in which anything is formed, a mould: (mining) earthy or stony substances in which minerals are found embedded: (dyeing) the five simple colours (black, white, blue, red, and yellow) from which all the others are formed: (math.) a rectangular array of quantities, usually square—a multiple quantity having as many dimensions as it has spaces:—pl. Matrices (mā′tri-sez or mat′ri-sez). [L. matrix, -icis—mater, mother.]
The New Hacker's Dictionary
[FidoNet] 1. What the Opus BBS software and sysops call FidoNet. 2. Fanciful term for a cyberspace expected to emerge from current networking experiments (see the network). The name of the rather good 1999 cypherpunk movie The Matrix played on this sense, which however had been established for years before. 3. The totality of present-day computer networks (popularized in this sense by John Quarterman; rare outside academic literature).
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'matrix' in Nouns Frequency: #2099
The numerical value of matrix in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of matrix in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
It's like red pill, blue pill from 'The Matrix,'.
Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom.
I want to sing songs about flowers and butterflies, but while the political system remains unchanged, I can't sing songs about love because I live in a matrix, in a state which is a colony of banks and corporations.
It's not uncommon for those corporations to have in their assessment matrix a look at pilot selection procedures, increasingly we're looking at their all-round personalities and ability to work in teams and what they're like as people.
We're hoping that you can use it like a menu at a restaurant, this isn't for students. This is for administrators who have skills in this area and want to do something about underage drinking to go into this matrix and look at what would fit their campus in particular, what might be the most effective, what might be the cost that they can afford in that effectiveness range, what barriers might exist because of their unique situation and how much research has actually been done to validate or show the effectiveness of it.
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- matriuCatalan, Valencian
- μήτρα, πίνακας, μεσοκυττάρια ουσία, μητρώοGreek
- מטריצה, טבלהHebrew
- grind, mót, uppistöðuefni, afsteypumót, fylki, mergur, innrúmIcelandic
- macierz, matrixPolish
- matriz mitocondrial, matrizPortuguese
- bakterijska podloga, matrica, matriksSerbo-Croatian
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