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MATRIX (matrices)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does matrix mean? 

MATRIX (noun)
  The noun MATRIX has 5 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: MATRIX used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


MATRIX (noun)


Sense 1matrix [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A rectangular array of elements (or entries) set out by rows and columns

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("matrix" is a kind of...):

array (an orderly arrangement)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "matrix"):

correlation matrix (a matrix giving the correlations between all pairs of data sets)

dot matrix (a rectangular matrix of dots from which written characters can be formed)

square matrix (a matrix with the same number of rows and columns)

real matrix (a matrix whose elements are all real numbers)

transpose (a matrix formed by interchanging the rows and columns of a given matrix)


Sense 2matrix [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An enclosure within which something originates or develops (from the Latin for womb)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Hypernyms ("matrix" is a kind of...):

enclosure; natural enclosure (a naturally enclosed space)


Sense 3matrix [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The body substance in which tissue cells are embedded

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

ground substance; intercellular substance; matrix

Hypernyms ("matrix" is a kind of...):

body substance (the substance of the body)

Holonyms ("matrix" is a part of...):

bone; os (rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates)

connective tissue (tissue of mesodermal origin consisting of e.g. collagen fibroblasts and fatty cells; supports organs and fills spaces between them and forms tendons and ligaments)

cartilage; gristle (tough elastic tissue; mostly converted to bone in adults)


Sense 4matrix [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The formative tissue at the base of a nail

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Hypernyms ("matrix" is a kind of...):

animal tissue (the tissue in the bodies of animals)

Holonyms ("matrix" is a part of...):

nail (horny plate covering and protecting part of the dorsal surface of the digits)


Sense 5matrix [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Mold used in the production of phonograph records, type, or other relief surface

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("matrix" is a kind of...):

cast; mold; mould (container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens)


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