Variant of matrix
- Archaic the womb; uterus
- that within which, or within and from which, something originates, takes form, or develops; specif.,
- a die or mold for casting or shaping
- an impression from which a large number of phonograph records can be duplicated
- any nonliving, intercellular substance in which living cells are embedded, as in bone, cartilage, etc.
- the formative cells from which a nail, tooth, etc. grows
- Electronics a process in which several signals are combined for transmission or recording and then separated for reception or playback
- Geol. the rock or earthy material in which a crystal, pebble, fossil, etc. is enclosed or embedded
- Linguis. a main or independent clause
- Math. a set of numbers or terms arranged in rows and columns between parentheses or double lines
- a metal mold for casting the face of type
- a papier-mâché, plaster, or similar impression of type, etc., from which a plate can be made, as in stereotypy
Origin: LL, womb, public register, origin from L, breeding animal from mater (gen. matris), mother
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