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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Matrix  \Ma"trix\,  n.;  pl  {Matrices}.  [L.,  fr  mater  mother.  See 
  {Mother},  and  cf  {Matrice}.] 
  1.  (Anat.)  The  womb. 
 
  All  that  openeth  the  matrix  is  mine.  --Ex.  xxxiv 
  19. 
 
  2.  Hence  that  which  gives  form  or  origin  to  anything  as: 
  a  (Mech.)  The  cavity  in  which  anything  is  formed,  and 
  which  gives  it  shape;  a  die;  a  mold,  as  for  the  face 
  of  a  type 
  b  (Min.)  The  earthy  or  stony  substance  in  which  metallic 
  ores  or  crystallized  minerals  are  found  the  gangue. 
  c  pl  (Dyeing)  The  five  simple  colors,  black,  white, 
  blue,  red,  and  yellow,  of  which  all  the  rest  are 
  composed. 
 
  3.  (Biol.)  The  lifeless  portion  of  tissue,  either  animal  or 
  vegetable,  situated  between  the  cells;  the  intercellular 
  substance. 
 
  4.  (Math.)  A  rectangular  arrangement  of  symbols  in  rows  and 
  columns.  The  symbols  may  express  quantities  or  operations. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  matrix 
  n  1:  a  rectangular  array  of  elements  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  [syn: 
  {intercellular  substance},  {ground  substance}] 
  4:  the  formative  tissue  at  the  base  of  a  nail 
  5:  used  in  the  production  of  phonograph  records,  type  or  other 
  relief  surface 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  Matrix  n.  [FidoNet]  1.  What  the  Opus  BBS  software  and  sysops 
  call  {FidoNet}.  2.  Fanciful  term  for  a  {cyberspace}  expected  to  emerge 
  from  current  networking  experiments  (see  {the  network}).  The  name  of  the 
  rather  good  1999  {cypherpunk}  movie  "The  Matrix"  played  on  this  sense 
  which  however  had  been  established  for  years  before  3.  The  totality 
  of  present-day  computer  networks  (popularized  in  this  sense  by  John 
  Quarterman  rare  outside  academic  literature). 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  Matrix 
 
  [FidoNet]  1.  What  the  Opus  BBS  software  and  sysops  call 
  {FidoNet}. 
 
  2.  Fanciful  term  for  a  {cyberspace}  expected  to  emerge  from 
  current  networking  experiments  (see  {network,  the}). 
 
  3.  The  totality  of  present-day  computer  networks. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
 




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