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 for matrix
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  matrix \ma"trix\ (m[=a]"tr[i^]ks), n.; pl. Matrices
     (m[a^]t"r[i^]*s[=e]z). [L., fr. mater mother. See Mother,
     and cf. Matrice.]
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     1. (Anat.) The womb.
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              All that openeth the matrix is mine.  --Ex. xxxiv.
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     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
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     3. (Biol.) The lifeless portion of tissue, either animal or
        vegetable, situated between the cells; the intercellular
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     4. (Math.) A rectangular arrangement of symbols in rows and
        columns. The symbols may express quantities or operations.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: (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: (geology) amass of fine-grained rock in which fossils,
         crystals, or gems are embedded
      3: an enclosure within which something originates or develops
         (from the Latin for womb)
      4: the body substance in which tissue cells are embedded [syn:
         matrix, intercellular substance, ground substance]
      5: the formative tissue at the base of a nail
      6: mold used in the production of phonograph records, type, or
         other relief surface

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  63 Moby Thesaurus words for "matrix":
     Platonic form, Platonic idea, aesthetic form, archetype, art form,
     build, cast, chimney, chute, configuration, conformation,
     country rock, cut, deposit, die, dike, fashion, figuration, figure,
     form, format, formation, frame, gangue, genre, impression,
     inner form, intaglio, last, layout, lode, lodestuff, make, makeup,
     mineral deposit, mint, modality, mode, model, mold, negative,
     ore bed, pattern, pay dirt, prototype, punch, seal, set, shape,
     shoe last, shoot, significant form, stamp, stock, structure, style,
     template, turn, type, uterus, vein, venter, womb

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

      1. What the Opus BBS software and sysops call FidoNet.
      2. Fanciful term for a cyberspace expected to emerge from current
      networking experiments (see the network). The name of the rather good
      1999 cypherpunk movie The Matrix played on this sense, which however had
      been established for years before.
      3. The totality of present-day computer networks (popularized in this sense
      by John Quarterman; rare outside academic literature).

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

     [FidoNet]  1. What the Opus BBS software and sysops call
     2. Fanciful term for a cyberspace expected to emerge from
     current networking experiments (see network, the).
     3. The totality of present-day computer networks.
     [{Jargon File]

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