matrix: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (mā'triks, ma'-), [key]
— pl. ma•tri•ces ma•trix•es.
- something that constitutes the place or point from which something else originates, takes form, or develops: The Greco-Roman world was the matrix for Western civilization.
- a formative part, as the corium beneath a nail.
- the intercellular substance of a tissue.
- Seeground substance.
- the fine-grained portion of a rock in which coarser crystals or rock fragments are embedded.
- fine material, as cement, in which lumps of coarser material, as of an aggregate, are embedded.
- a crystalline phase in an alloy in which other phases are embedded.
- a mold for casting typefaces.
- master (def. 18).
- (in a press or stamping machine) a multiple die or perforated block on which the material to be formed is placed.
- a rectangular array of numbers, algebraic symbols, or mathematical functions, esp. when such arrays are added and multiplied according to certain rules.
- a rectangular display of features characterizing a set of linguistic items, esp. phonemes, usually presented as a set of columns of plus or minus signs specifying the presence or absence of each feature for each item.
- Also calleda mold made by electroforming from a disk recording, from which other disks may be pressed.
- the womb.
- matrix (Thesaurus)