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matrix/ˈmeɪtrɪks/noun
pluralmatrices/-trəˌsiːz//ˈmeɪtrəˌsiːz/alsomatrixes/-trɪksəz//ˈmeɪtrɪksəz/
matrix
/ˈmeɪtrɪks/
noun
pluralmatrices/-trəˌsiːz//ˈmeɪtrəˌsiːz/alsomatrixes/-trɪksəz//ˈmeɪtrɪksəz/
Learner's definition of MATRIX  
[count]technical
: something (such as a situation or a set of conditions) in which something else develops or forms
: something shaped like a pattern of lines and spaces
: a container that can be filled with a material (such as very hot metal) to give the material a new shape : mold
: rock in which something hard (such as a diamond or a fossil) has been formed
: the area on a human finger or toe from which the fingernail or toenail grows
mathematics  : a set of numbers in which the numbers are listed in rows and columns and can be added or multiplied according to special rules
— see also dot matrix
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