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n. pl. ma·tri·ces (mtr-sz,
- 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).
- The womb.
- The formative cells or
tissue of a fingernail, toenail, or tooth.
- See ground
- The solid matter in
which a fossil or crystal is embedded.
- A mold or die.
- The principal metal in
an alloy, as the iron in steel.
- A binding substance, as
cement in concrete.
A rectangular array of numeric or algebraic quantities subject to
- Something resembling
such an array, as in the regular formation of elements into columns and
- Computer Science.
The network of intersections between input and output leads in a computer,
functioning as an encoder or a decoder.
- 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.
- A metal plate used for
- An electroplated
impression of a phonograph record used to make duplicate records.
[Middle English matrice,
from Old French, from Late Latin mtrx, mtrc-, from Latin, breeding-animal,
from mter, mtr-, mother. See mter- in Indo-European Roots.]