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ˈmeɪ trɪks, ˈmæ-; ˈmeɪ trɪˌsiz, ˈmæ-ma·trix

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. matrixnoun

    (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. matrixnoun

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

  3. matrixnoun

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

  4. matrix, intercellular substance, ground substancenoun

    the body substance in which tissue cells are embedded

  5. matrixnoun

    the formative tissue at the base of a nail

  6. matrixnoun

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


  1. matrixnoun

    The womb.

    Etymology: From matrice, from matrix, from mater.

  2. matrixnoun

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

    Etymology: From matrice, from matrix, from mater.

  3. matrixnoun

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

    Etymology: From matrice, from matrix, from mater.

  4. matrixnoun

    Part of the mitochondrion.

    Etymology: From matrice, from matrix, from mater.

  5. matrixnoun

    The medium in which bacteria are cultured.

    Etymology: From matrice, from matrix, from mater.

  6. matrixnoun

    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.

    Etymology: From matrice, from matrix, from mater.

  7. matrixnoun

    A two-dimensional array.

    Etymology: From matrice, from matrix, from mater.

  8. matrixnoun

    A table of data.

    Etymology: From matrice, from matrix, from mater.

  9. matrixnoun

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

    Etymology: From matrice, from matrix, from mater.

  10. matrixnoun

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

    Etymology: From matrice, from matrix, from mater.

  11. matrixnoun

    The environment from which a given sample is taken.

    Etymology: From matrice, from matrix, from mater.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Matrixnoun

    the womb

    Etymology: [L., fr. mater mother. See Mother, and cf. Matrice.]

  2. Matrixnoun

    hence, that which gives form or origin to anything

    Etymology: [L., fr. mater mother. See Mother, and cf. Matrice.]

  3. Matrixnoun

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

    Etymology: [L., fr. mater mother. See Mother, and cf. Matrice.]

  4. Matrixnoun

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

    Etymology: [L., fr. mater mother. See Mother, and cf. Matrice.]

  5. Matrixnoun

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

    Etymology: [L., fr. mater mother. See Mother, and cf. Matrice.]

  6. Matrixnoun

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

    Etymology: [L., fr. mater mother. See Mother, and cf. Matrice.]

  7. Matrixnoun

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

    Etymology: [L., fr. mater mother. See Mother, and cf. Matrice.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Matrix

    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, -icismater, mother.]

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).

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  1. Matrix

    the formative substance from which cells and other structures are derived.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of matrix in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of matrix in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of matrix in a Sentence

  1. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. In a cocoon of individualism. In an authentic bunker of skepticism, nihilism, apolitical non-conformism. Protecting himself from the radiation of mass hysteria and the herd instinct of the matrix system. 2. Cynicism has an energetic vampirism of banality. 3. From a karmic lesson to childhood trauma, from childhood trauma to whim, from caprice to stupidity, from stupidity to selfishness, from selfishness to dogma. 4. Selfishness returns the logic of modern, indigenous culture, patriotic science, to the animal sources of survival. Billions of people each think about themselves, people will die of selfishness. 5. Business is a two-faced, hypocritical diplomacy of self-interest. 6. Psychology is a ludicrous attempt to rein in an unstable psyche with reins. Psychology thinks very stereotypically. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  2. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    We are in a ghostly matrix, we are in the past and this is our eternity. In the time loop of karmic nostalgia, reincarnation and the wheel of samsara, where the philosophical romance of the soul and heart intensifies. We do not understand that we have been dead for a long time.

  3. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. Growing inflation has turned the female sex into a museum of art, you can not touch it, at the auction, providing a woman with cosmic amounts for us. 2. Dimensions are like eggshells of reality, all the shells, that is, the cocoons are crumbling, you wake up from all desires. Each rebirth is painful, you wake up with a groan of the soul. 3. Hearing the serpentine voice of selfishness, you will get confused in your life, only the voice of conscience and valor will lead you to the truth. 4. X-ray thinking of pessimistic realism, where selfishness is a broken mirror of personality in which hundreds of personalities grew out of opinions. 5. An amazing life in which the abundance of everything is revealed, but the outer side of the existence of the emptiness of reality is shown. after death and he is shown what he did in a state of sleepwalking. Zombified with desires, they are ready to do karmic nonsense. And stay in this karmic time loop. 6. Life is a fog of desires, an illusory oasis, the development of the cyber ego, to endless expanses, but not the development of awareness, the ego has stopped the development of evolution. 7. life divides and multiplies, one drop of life turns into two or more, turns into worlds of dimensions and the universes, everything starts with one drop that gives rise to the dimensions of philosophy. 8. Asians of gold color are the golden race. 1. Loneliness is a utopia of serenity, a deep connection with eternity and infinity and reality. 2. Reincarnation and the wheel of samsara is a protracted karmic joke, all these jokes end when you understand the meaning of the joke (the meaning of life) and you stop being reborn. 3. You are undead in reincarnation, whose consciousness is being cloned. 4. In karma, the stubborn one knows infinity, and the righteous one knows eternity. Look at this face when you are in the depths of hell, it looks like the world of people among such a society, you live among people with inner suffering, hell is hiding under the guise of an ordinary world, and all people suffer from their complexes and stupidity and beckon their unconscious sins, world war selfishness among all people for the right to live as they want, this is the face of a girl who sees the truth of the world, this is a karmic hell in which people live creating even more karma, this is not pessimism, but realism, this is what we all deny and live in a matrix of illusions, matrix of optimism, we suffer from our own desires and thoughts, the hellfire of depression, and the darkness of despondency, despair, all people are immersed in karmic debts and burn in the agony of dissatisfaction, in the emptiness of the infinity of reality, this is immersion into the depths of reality, and there the air from awareness is given to those who stops pretending. 1. The one who wants nothing wakes up from the matrix of illusions. 2. New and new desires, like rain, it plunges into oblivion, they plunge into the amnesia of a time loop. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  4. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. Over time, you will understand that society is an inadequate ghetto, comic, cartoony, animals, vicious paradoxes, a monetary matrix of illusions. 2. The secret of success in humor: inadequacy can be ridiculed indefinitely, beaten with jokes from a comical awareness, mixed with a comic cartoon imagination. 3. Reality is the romance of endless emptiness, you will understand this when you are outside the matrix of childhood vices. 4. From awareness you get old. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  5. Reza Sanaye:

    Basics of Macro-systems' Behavior Prediction 1 .The Macro-systems with their sometimes stochastic behavior may be (good) indicators of the dispersal of information from a holistic standpoint as well as [to be discussed later on] from a regionally molecular anisotropic zone. 2. The data scattering as for systems with quasi-vector behavior on liquids, on gases, and amongst solids, when observed from an epi-phenomenological perspective versus a phenomenological one, can show that a number of classical views on mechanistic behavior of Macro-systems may be substituted with some “machinic” view.¬ 3. The abandonment of the purely mechanistic view of interfacial forces and the adoption of thermodynamic and probabilistic concepts such as free energy and entropy have been two of the most important steps towards getting out of the worn-out mechanistic notions into more abstract conceptualization of information dispersal, working instead of causality. 4. Comparison also has to be made between hermeneutics of the notion of entropic forces within and without the framework of established thermodynamics. The very word “force” is itself a bit too collocated with entropy already. What we are after is to make it next of kin to ideas of data, information, topology of data, and mereology of stochasticity. 5. The physico-chemical potentiality inside a variety of equilibrium states can be used as a platform for anisotropic configurations whereby not only the entropy of confinement, but also the entropy of dispersal find their true meaning. 6. Within contexts of classical accumulation and energy-growth models, the verifiability of any anisotropic reversal is also demonstrable, if not by means of a set of axioms, at least by multiplicities of interfacial behavior in which experimental data find their mereotopological ratios one in the neighborhood of the other (considering first, for the sake of simplicity, our state spaces to be of metric nature). 7. Thus, there remains the reciprocity of interfacial tensions calculations where surface tension gives rise to internal polarization of those data systems by which we should like to derive either axiomatic or multiple manifoldic regionalization of PREDICTION. 8. This, with a number of Chaotic and Strange-Attractors modifications, can potentially be applied even to the whole matrix of the Universe. 9. Most of the literature on systems (information) entropy regard mesoscopic level as THE one with highest aptitude for (physicalistic) data analysis. However, there are clues to indicate that some of the main streams of structuration and dynamics are EITHER in common amongst microscopic, mesoscopic, and macroscopic systems OR holistic patterns of the said structurations and dynamics can be derived one from the other two. For example, we shall show later—in the course of the unfolding of present notions—that density functional theory (DFT) which has become the physicists’ methodology for describing solids’ electronic structure, can also be extended to other methods or systems. Few-atom systems can implicate the already explicated order of, say, biomolecules if rigorous analyses are carried out over the transition phases (translational data mappings). 10. The level of likelihood of information dispersal in any nano- and pico-systems with/without (full) attachment to and/or dependence upon chemical energy exchange, relates to dynamics of differentials of those multiplicities of tubing interconnector manifolds which potentially have the capacity to harness thermal energy. This spells that consumption of chemical energy does not necessarily always act against the infusion of energy. Here, delineation has to be made over the minutiae of the differences between Micro- and Macro-systems. Any movement of lines of demarcation throughout the said systems over the issue of (non-)interdependency of data mereotopology on chemical energy exchange, may be predicted if classical nucleation and growth theories give their place to an even more rigorous science of Differences. Repetition of (observation) of such Differences makes it possible to see through some of the most “macro” levels of systematicity [we have already run some simulations of micro-spaces’ state mappings for purposes of clarifying how many of the plasma macro jet streams inside stars or in the inter-galaxial space move. Even magneticity has turned out, with all due caution, to be comparable]. The above-said Differences actually refer to potentialities within lines of thermodynamic exchanges based upon anisotropy of information. Such exchanges nominate themselves as MO exchanges when “micro” but as some the most specific gravito-convectional currents in usages for astrology, earth science, and ecology. Thence, the science will be brought out of prognosing the detailed balance of mesoscopic (ir-)reversibility in terms of data neighborhoods connectivity. On any differentiable manifold with its own ring of universal differentiable functions, we may determine to have the “installing” of modules of Kähler spaces where demarcation could be represented by: d(a+b)=da+db, d(ab)=adb+bda, and: dλ=0(a,b∈A,λ∈k)d(a+b)=da+db,d(ab)=adb+bda,dλ=0(a,b∈A,λ∈k) Where any one module has the formalism: dbdb (b∈Ab∈A). All these having been said, again we have the problematics of still remaining within the realm of classic calculus. It is likely that for Macrosystems we may decide not to apply the classical version.

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