matrices matrices  /ˈmeɪ trɪ sɪz/


  1. (n) (mathematics) a rectangular array of quantities or expressions set out by rows and columns; treated as a single element and manipulated according to rules
  2. (n) (geology) amass of fine-grained rock in which fossils, crystals, or gems are embedded
  3. (n) an enclosure within which something originates or develops (from the Latin for womb)
  4. (n) the body substance in which tissue cells are embedded
  5. (n) the formative tissue at the base of a nail
  6. (n) mold used in the production of phonograph records, type, or other relief surface


  1. In cases around the wall were the original drawings, matrices and specimen sheets of most of the 87 type faces.
  2. The rack of matrices was shunted to a bubbling pot of lead inside the machine.
  3. Pravda prints local editions in Leningrad, Kharkov, Tiflis and Novo-Sibirsk by delivering matrices by airplane and dropping them by parachute.



  • "Getting the infrastructure right was the priority here," says Hurd. "Our objective is to create a simpler, nimbler HP, with fewer matrices, clearer responsibility and greater financial responsibility."
    on Jul 19, 2005 By: Mark Hurd Source:

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