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1. matrix

(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

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

3. matrix

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

4. ground substance, intercellular substance, matrix

the body substance in which tissue cells are embedded

5. matrix

the formative tissue at the base of a nail

6. matrix

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

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nounWord forms: plural matrices (ˈmeɪtrɪˌsiːz , ˈmæ-) or matrixes
a substance, situation, or environment in which something has its origin, takes form, or is enclosed
2. anatomy
the thick tissue at the base of a nail from which a fingernail or toenail develops
the intercellular substance of bone, cartilage, connective tissue, etc
the rock material in which fossils, pebbles, etc, are embedded
the material in which a mineral is embedded; gangue
5. printing
a metal mould for casting type
a papier-mâché or plastic mould impressed from the forme and used for stereotyping
. Sometimes shortened to: mat
(formerly) a mould used in the production of gramophone records. It is obtained by electrodeposition onto the master
a bed of perforated material placed beneath a workpiece in a press or stamping machine against which the punch operates
8. metallurgy
the shaped cathode used in electroforming
the metal constituting the major part of an alloy
the soft metal in a plain bearing in which the hard particles of surface metal are embedded
the main component of a composite material, such as the plastic in a fibre-reinforced plastic
10. mathematics
a rectangular array of elements set out in rows and columns, used to facilitate the solution of problems, such as the transformation of coordinates. Usually indicated by parentheses: (adbecf)
Compare determinant (sense 3)
11. linguistics
the main clause of a complex sentence
12. computing
a rectangular array of circuit elements usually used to generate one set of signals from another
13. obsolete
the womb

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nounWord forms: plural ˈmatriˌces (ˈmeɪtrəˌsiz ; māˈtrəsēzˌ; ˈmætrəˌsizˈ ; maˈtrəsēzˌˈ) or ˈmaˌtrixes
1.  Archaic
the womb; uterus
that within which, or within and from which, something originates, takes form, or develops
; specif.,
a die or mold for casting or shaping
an impression from which a large number of phonograph records can be duplicated
3.  Anatomy
any nonliving, intercellular substance in which living cells are embedded, as in bone, cartilage, etc.
the formative cells from which a nail, tooth, etc. grows
4.  Electronics
a process in which several signals are combined for transmission or recording and then separated for reception or playback
5.  Geology
the rock or earthy material in which a crystal, pebble, fossil, etc. is enclosed or embedded
6.  Linguistics
a main or independent clause
7.  Ancient Mathematics
a set of numbers or terms arranged in rows and columns between parentheses or double lines
8.  Printing
a metal mold for casting the face of type
a papier-mâché, plaster, or similar impression of type, etc., from which a plate can be made, as in stereotypy

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n. pl. ma·tri·ces (mātrĭ-sēz, mătrĭ-) or ma·trix·es
1. A situation or surrounding substance within which something else originates, develops, or is contained: "Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every form of freedom" (Benjamin N. Cardozo).
2. The womb.
3. Anatomy
a. The formative cells or tissue of a specialized structure such as a hair, nail, claw, or tooth.
4. Geology
a. The solid matter in which a fossil or crystal is embedded.
b. Groundmass.
5. A mold or die.
6. The principal metal in an alloy, as the iron in steel.
7. A binding substance, as cement in concrete.
a. Mathematics A rectangular array of numeric or algebraic quantities subject to mathematical operations.
b. Something resembling such an array, as in the regular formation of elements into columns and rows.
9. Computers The network of intersections between input and output leads in a computer, functioning as an encoder or a decoder.
10. Printing
a. A mold used in stereotyping and designed to receive positive impressions of type or illustrations from which metal plates can be cast. Also called mat2.
b. A metal plate used for casting typefaces.
11. An electroplated impression of a phonograph record used to make duplicate records.

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