What does matrix mean?

Definitions for matrix
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.

  2. matrixnoun

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

  3. matrixnoun

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

  4. matrixnoun

    Part of the mitochondrion.

  5. matrixnoun

    The medium in which bacteria are cultured.

  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.

  7. matrixnoun

    A two-dimensional array.

  8. matrixnoun

    A table of data.

  9. matrixnoun

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

  10. matrixnoun

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

  11. matrixnoun

    The environment from which a given sample is taken.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MATRIXnoun

    Womb; a place where any thing is generated or formed.

    Etymology: Lat. matrice, Fr.

    If they be not lodged in a convenient matrix, they are not excited by the efficacy of the sun. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Err.



    The Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange Program, also known by the acronym MATRIX, was a U.S. federally funded data mining system originally developed for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement described as a tool to identify terrorist subjects. The system was reported to analyze government and commercial databases to find associations between suspects or to discover locations of or completely new "suspects". The database and technologies used in the system were housed by Seisint, a Florida-based company since acquired by Lexis Nexis. The Matrix program was shut down in June 2005 after federal funding was cut in the wake of public concerns over privacy and state surveillance.


  1. matrix

    A matrix is a rectangular grid of elements (usually numbers or variables) arranged in rows and columns. It is used in mathematics, computer science, and other fields to represent and manipulate data or equations in a structured manner. Matrices facilitate various operations such as addition, multiplication, and transformation, and have applications in areas including linear algebra, statistics, graphics, and optimization.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Matrixnoun

    the womb

  2. Matrixnoun

    hence, that which gives form or origin to anything

  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

  4. Matrixnoun

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

  5. Matrixnoun

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

  6. Matrixnoun

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

  7. Matrixnoun

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

  8. 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).

Editors Contribution

  1. matrixnoun

    Computer language; A meta technology that uses chemicals to master the art in teaching people about a coarse forming feminine agent nouns corresponding to masculine nouns.

    The Internet is a matrix that perfectly fits social media as its mate.

    Etymology: The Calculator

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on October 6, 2023  

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  1. Matrix

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

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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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. George Koob:

    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.

  2. Darryl Seligman:

    Even if there was dust in the ice matrix, you’re not sublimating the ice, you’re just rearranging the ice and then letting (hydrogen) get released. So, the dust isn’t even going to come out, what’s beautiful about Jenny’s idea is that it’s exactly what should happen to interstellar comets. We had all these stupid ideas, like hydrogen icebergs and other crazy things, and it’s just the most generic explanation.

  3. Amit Ray:

    Quantum mechanics tells us that every feeling is a collapse of some wave functions due to the interference of a matrix of attention functions.

  4. Jim Talent:

    It tends to suck the oxygen out of other issues that Eric Greitens'd probably like to drive against Sen. Claire McCaskill, it's taken Eric Greitens into an issue matrix that Eric Greitens probably did not anticipate going into.

  5. David Roberts:

    In this particular case, the institution, Yolanda Kumar and enforcement all agreed this was a Level I case, which is severe misconduct, the case starts off with that agreement and the association has put in place a penalty matrix.

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