Definitions for matrixˈmeɪ trɪks, ˈmæ-; ˈmeɪ trɪˌsiz, ˈmæ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ma•trixˈmeɪ trɪks, ˈmæ-; ˈmeɪ trɪˌsiz, ˈmæ-(n.)(pl.)ma•tri•ces; ma•trix•es.

  1. something that constitutes the place or point from which something else originates.

  2. a formative tissue, as the epithelium from which nails grow.

    Category: Anatomy, Zoology

  3. the intercellular substance of a tissue.

    Category: Cell Biology

    Ref: ground substance (def. 1). 1

  4. the fine-grained portion of a rock in which coarser crystals or rock fragments are embedded.

    Category: Petrology

  5. Category: Mining

    Ref: gangue.

  6. a crystalline phase in an alloy in which other phases are embedded.

    Category: Metallurgy

  7. a mold for casting typefaces.

    Category: Printing

  8. (in a press or stamping machine) a multiple die or perforated block on which the material to be formed is placed.

  9. a rectangular array of numbers, algebraic symbols, or mathematical functions, esp. when such arrays are added and multiplied according to certain rules.

    Category: Math

  10. a similar rectangular array consisting of rows and columns of numbers, symbols, etc., used in displaying statistical variables, linguistic features, or other data.

    Category: Language/Linguistics, Statistics, Common Vocabulary

Origin of matrix:

1325–75; < L mātrīx female animal kept for breeding (LL: register, orig. of such beasts), parent stem (of plants), der. of māter mother

Princeton's WordNet

  1. matrix(noun)

    (mathematics) a rectangular array of quantities or expressions set out by rows and columns; treated as a single element and manipulated according to rules

  2. matrix(noun)

    (geology) amass of fine-grained rock in which fossils, crystals, or gems are embedded

  3. matrix(noun)

    an enclosure within which something originates or develops (from the Latin for womb)

  4. matrix, intercellular substance, ground substance(noun)

    the body substance in which tissue cells are embedded

  5. matrix(noun)

    the formative tissue at the base of a nail

  6. matrix(noun)

    mold used in the production of phonograph records, type, or other relief surface


  1. matrix(Noun)

    The womb.

  2. matrix(Noun)

    The material or tissue in which more specialized structures are embedded.

  3. matrix(Noun)

    An extracellular matrix, the material or tissue between the cells of animals or plants.

  4. matrix(Noun)

    Part of the mitochondrion.

  5. matrix(Noun)

    The medium in which bacteria are cultured.

  6. matrix(Noun)

    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.

  7. matrix(Noun)

    A two-dimensional array.

  8. matrix(Noun)

    A table of data.

  9. matrix(Noun)

    A geological matrix, the outer material of a rock consisting of larger grains embedded in a material consisting of smaller ones.

  10. matrix(Noun)

    The sediment surrounding and including the artifacts, features, and other materials at a site.

  11. matrix(Noun)

    The environment from which a given sample is taken.

  12. Origin: From matrice, from matrix, from mater.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Matrix(noun)

    the womb

  2. Matrix(noun)

    hence, that which gives form or origin to anything

  3. Matrix(noun)

    the cavity in which anything is formed, and which gives it shape; a die; a mold, as for the face of a type

  4. Matrix(noun)

    the earthy or stony substance in which metallic ores or crystallized minerals are found; the gangue

  5. Matrix(noun)

    the five simple colors, black, white, blue, red, and yellow, of which all the rest are composed

  6. Matrix(noun)

    the lifeless portion of tissue, either animal or vegetable, situated between the cells; the intercellular substance

  7. Matrix(noun)

    a rectangular arrangement of symbols in rows and columns. The symbols may express quantities or operations


  1. Matrix

    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.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. Matrix

    [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

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    Rank popularity for the word 'matrix' in Nouns Frequency: #2099

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