matrix Definition

  • 1an environment or material in which something develops; a surrounding medium or structure
  • 2a rectangular array of quantities or expressions in rows and columns that is treated as a single entity and manipulated according to particular rules

Using matrix: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "matrix" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    The culture of the company is the matrix for its success.

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    The movie's special effects were created using a computer-generated matrix.

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    The data was organized in a matrix format for easier analysis.

matrix Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for matrix

Idioms Using matrix

  • to be free from a situation or environment that is limiting or confining


    After quitting her job, she felt like she was finally out of the matrix and able to pursue her dreams.

  • a choice between accepting the truth (red pill) or living in ignorance (blue pill), based on a scene from the movie 'The Matrix'


    He had to choose between taking the red pill or the blue pill, and he knew it would change his life forever.

  • a phrase used in the movie 'The Matrix' to indicate that someone is trapped in a simulated reality


    He felt like the matrix had him, and he couldn't escape the feeling of being stuck in a meaningless routine.

Phrases with matrix

  • a management structure in which employees are assigned to both a functional department and a project team


    The company adopted a matrix management system to better utilize its resources.

  • a type of organizational structure where employees are grouped by both function and product


    The matrix organization allows for more efficient communication and collaboration between departments.

  • a mathematical operation that combines two matrices to produce another matrix


    Matrix multiplication is used in many fields, including physics, engineering, and computer graphics.

Origins of matrix

from Latin 'mater', meaning 'mother'


Summary: matrix in Brief

The term 'matrix' [ˈmeɪtrɪks] refers to an environment or material in which something develops, such as the culture of a company, or a rectangular array of quantities or expressions that is treated as a single entity, such as a matrix multiplication. It extends into phrases like 'matrix management,' and idioms like 'out of the matrix,' denoting freedom from a limiting situation, and 'the matrix has you,' indicating being trapped in a simulated reality.

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