noun, plural ma·tri·ces [mey-tri-seez, ma-] /ˈmeɪ trɪˌsiz, ˈmæ-/, ma·trix·es.
- the intercellular substance of a tissue.
- ground substance.
Origin of matrix
Examples from the Web for matrices
Historical Examples of matrices
Thus a cast is made of the matrices, and from this cast the printing is done.Makers of Many Things
Eva March Tappan
His foundry contained punches and matrices for 400 alphabets.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology
Five double-wedge justifiers will be observed between the matrices.
In this way the matrices are held in position as casting proceeds.
The three Vale Press founts and also the punches and matrices were destroyed when the Press ceased publishing.The Art of the Book
Bernard H. Newdigate
noun plural matrices (ˈmeɪtrɪˌsiːz, ˈmæ-) or matrixes
- the rock material in which fossils, pebbles, etc, are embedded
- the material in which a mineral is embedded; gangue
- a metal mould for casting type
- a papier-mâché or plastic mould impressed from the forme and used for stereotypingSometimes shortened to: mat
- the shaped cathode used in electroforming
- the metal constituting the major part of an alloy
- the soft metal in a plain bearing in which the hard particles of surface metal are embedded
Word Origin for matrix
late 14c., "uterus, womb," from Old French matrice "womb, uterus," from Latin matrix (genitive matricis) "pregnant animal," in Late Latin "womb," also "source, origin," from mater (genitive matris) "mother" (see mother (n.1)). Sense of "place or medium where something is developed" is first recorded 1550s; sense of "embedding or enclosing mass" first recorded 1640s. Logical sense of "array of possible combinations of truth-values" is attested from 1914. As a verb from 1951.