Meaning of MATRIX in English

MATRIX

/ ˈmeɪtrɪks; NAmE / noun ( pl. matri·ces / ˈmeɪtrɪsiːz; NAmE /)

1.

( mathematics ) an arrangement of numbers, symbols, etc. in rows and columns, treated as a single quantity

2.

( formal ) the formal social, political, etc. situation from which a society or person grows and develops :

the European cultural matrix

3.

( formal or literary ) a system of lines, roads, etc. that cross each other, forming a series of squares or shapes in between

SYN network :

a matrix of paths

4.

( technical ) a mould in which sth is shaped

5.

( computing ) a group of electronic circuit elements arranged in rows and columns like a grid

—see also dot matrix printer

6.

( geology ) a mass of rock in which minerals, precious stones , etc. are found in the ground

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WORD ORIGIN

late Middle English (in the sense womb ): from Latin , breeding female , later womb , from mater , matr- mother.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.