Definition of matrix noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmeɪtrɪks//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeɪtrɪks//
    (pl. matrices
    BrE BrE//ˈmeɪtrɪsiːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeɪtrɪsiːz//
    Mathematical terminology
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  1. 1 (mathematics) an arrangement of numbers, symbols, etc. in rows and columns, treated as a single quantity See related entries: Mathematical terminology
  2. 2(formal) the formal social, political, etc. situation from which a society or person grows and develops the European cultural matrix
  3. 3(formal or literary) a system of lines, roads, etc. that cross each other, forming a series of squares or shapes in between synonym network a matrix of paths
  4. 4(specialist) a mould in which something is shaped
  5. 5 (computing) a group of electronic circuit elements arranged in rows and columns like a grid see also dot matrix printer
  6. 6 (geology) a mass of rock in which minerals, precious stones, etc. are found in the ground
  7. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘womb’): from Latin, ‘breeding female’, later ‘womb’, from mater, matr- ‘mother’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: matrix