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Topic: INDUSTRY

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: 'womb', from mater 'mother'

matrix

noun
     
ma‧trix plural matrices or matrixes [countable] technical
1HM an arrangement of numbers, letters, or signs in rows and columns that you consider to be one amount, and that you use in solving mathematical problems:
a matrix table
2SS a situation from which a person or society can grow and develop:
the cultural matrix
3 a living part in which something is formed or develops, such as the substance from which your fingernails grow
4TI a mould (=hollow container) into which melted metal, plastic, etc is poured to form a shape
5HEG the rock in which hard stones or jewels have formed
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