Definitions for: Matrix


[n] mold used in the production of phonograph records, type, or other relief surface
[n] the formative tissue at the base of a nail
[n] the body substance in which tissue cells are embedded
[n] a rectangular array of elements (or entries) set out by rows and columns
[n] an enclosure within which something originates or develops (from the Latin for womb)



Webster (1913) Definition: Ma"trix, n.; pl. Matrices. [L., fr. mater mother. See
Mother, and cf. Matrice.]
1. (Anat.) The womb.

All that openeth the matrix is mine. --Ex. xxxiv.
19.

2. Hence, that which gives form or origin to anything; as:
(a) (Mech.) The cavity in which anything is formed, and
which gives it shape; a die; a mold, as for the face
of a type.
(b) (Min.) The earthy or stony substance in which metallic
ores or crystallized minerals are found; the gangue.
(c) pl. (Dyeing) The five simple colors, black, white,
blue, red, and yellow, of which all the rest are
composed.

3. (Biol.) The lifeless portion of tissue, either animal or
vegetable, situated between the cells; the intercellular
substance.

4. (Math.) A rectangular arrangement of symbols in rows and
columns. The symbols may express quantities or operations.

Synonyms: ground substance, intercellular substance

See Also: animal tissue, array, body substance, bone, cartilage, cast, connective tissue, correlation matrix, dot matrix, enclosure, gristle, mold, mould, nail, natural enclosure, os, real matrix, square matrix, transpose

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