Definitions for: Matrix

[n] mold used in the production of phonograph records, type, or other relief surface
[n] the formative tissue at the base of a nail
[n] the body substance in which tissue cells are embedded
[n] a rectangular array of elements (or entries) set out by rows and columns
[n] an enclosure within which something originates or develops (from the Latin for womb)

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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

3. (Biol.) The lifeless portion of tissue, either animal or
vegetable, situated between the cells; the intercellular

4. (Math.) A rectangular arrangement of symbols in rows and
columns. The symbols may express quantities or operations.

Synonyms: ground substance, intercellular substance

See Also: animal tissue, array, body substance, bone, cartilage, cast, connective tissue, correlation matrix, dot matrix, enclosure, gristle, mold, mould, nail, natural enclosure, os, real matrix, square matrix, transpose

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Famous Quotes Containing Matrix:

SF isn't a genre; SF is the matrix in which genres are embedded, and because the SF field is never going in any one direction at any one time, there is hardly a way to cut it off.

-- Larry Niven (American Writer)

All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force... We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter.

-- Max Planck (German Scientist)

I lose tons of stuff on the cutting room floor. For Scary Movie 3, for example, we had a lot of Matrix spoofs, a Hulk scene, and some of that stuff just doesn't hold up - it's too much plot, audiences just didn't want to hear about it.

-- David Zucker (American Director)

I would love to play the Femme Fatale or an action role like Trinity in the Matrix or something like that. You know, a part with a lot of costume changes.

-- Josie Maran (American Model)

When I came out here, my manager thought that casting directors might think I'm a girl, and when I did Threat Matrix, they thought Jamie was a little light.

-- James Denton (American Actor)

Water is life's matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.

-- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (Hungarian Scientist)

I think everyone is very surprised at how 'Matrix' has become the pop culture phenomenon that it is.

-- Laurence Fishburne (American Actor)

I've always been interested in the relationship between total external surround, culture, the political matrix, technology, etc., and the internal human consciousness.

-- Norman Spinrad (American Author)

Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom.

-- Benjamin Cardozo (American Judge)

Well I didn't actually see the Matrix but I've seen other movies where with similar sorts of themes.

-- Roger Penrose (English Physicist)

Last year, I was on Threat Matrix. We were on Thursday against Friends and Survivor; so this year it's fun to know people are watching, and to know that all of your hard work is not sort of wasted.

-- James Denton (American Actor)

Since I had the baby I can't tolerate anything violent or sad, I saw the Matrix and I had my eyes closed through a lot of it, though I didn't need to. I would peek, and then think, oh OK, I can see that.

-- Lisa Kudrow (American Actress)

I think the Matrix effect is over-used and I don't do it anymore.

-- Uwe Boll (German Director)

After The Matrix, I cannot wear sunglasses. As soon as I put them on, people recognize me.

-- Carrie-Anne Moss (Canadian Actress)

At the same time, reading an action script... It makes me wonder. Was The Matrix a good script? I don't know.

-- Shane West (American Actor)

It was a place without a single feature of the space-time matrix that he knew. It was a place where nothing yet had happened - an utter emptiness. There was neither light nor dark: there was nothing here but emptiness.

-- Clifford D. Simak (American Writer)

The more I use a matrix, the easier I make it to blame someone else.

-- Mark V. Hurd (American Businessman)

Bitmap display is media compatible with dot matrix or laser printers.

-- Bill Joy (American Businessman)

The question really is how do we get Embassy Officers into the minds of the American business community. That is a much more difficult task than understanding a statistical matrix.

-- Lawrence Eagleburger (American Diplomat)

I think one of the geniuses of Bound and The Matrix and Memento is the complete collaboration of the effort. There were no rotten apples.

-- Joe Pantoliano (American Actor)

Most people would rather stay home and watch Casablanca for the fourth time or the 10th time on Turner Classic Movies than go see Matrix 12 or whatever the hell the flavor of the month is.

-- Joseph Bologna (American Actor)

I think the original Matrix was really incredible. It was so original and it did so many innovative things with film. It was a much bigger film. Bound was just a smaller film. It was kind of like an old noir film.

-- Gina Gershon (American Actress)

The first Matrix genius, the second one, what's up with the dancing? I haven't even seen the third one.

-- Ethan Embry (American Actor)

The Matrix is top secret. There isn't much that can be said right now.

-- Aaliyah (American Musician)

I've made a lot of stupid action films. But when we made The Matrix, we saw that people wanted more than that.

-- Joel Silver (American Producer)

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