noun, plural ma·tri·ces [mey-tri-seez, ma-] /ˈmeɪ trɪˌsiz, ˈmæ-/, ma·trix·es.
- the intercellular substance of a tissue.
- ground substance.
- matrimony vine,
- matrix band,
- matrix bar code,
- matrix calculus,
- matrix mechanics,
- matrix printer
Origin of matrix
Examples from the Web for matrices
In this way the matrices are held in position as casting proceeds.Inventors at Work|George Iles
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
Early seals were generally impressed on both sides; and the seals thus were produced from two dies or matrices.The Handbook to English Heraldry|Charles Boutell
This done, the matrices are returned to the magazine and distributed, to be again composed in new relations for succeeding lines.A Book of Exposition|Homer Heath Nugent
His foundry contained punches and matrices for 400 alphabets.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
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.