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matrix
as in:  arranged in a matrix


a matrix of connective tissue
  a rectangular array of elements (or entries) set out by rows and columns
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  • a matrix of connective tissue
  • Grace probably assumed we were barricaded in a room upstairs and would Matrix-hop her way up a wall to the busted-out window on the other side of the building.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Having a matrix of preferences presented as your essence, as the whole you?
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • So I stand in the middle of the glass column matrix, trying to decipher what is happening on the other side.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall

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  • A gorgeous set of yellow topaz crystals on a gray matrix.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Yet six years later she did see him again, when the creature of Durrfeld’s passion and desire—synthetic rubber—and its place in the matrix of history had caused this corporate prince to become master of Farben’s huge industrial complex known as IG-Auschwitz.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • From the pockets I retrieved my wallet, the damp-but-amazingly-intact Oxycontin which I’d slipped into my pocket before the de Larmessin party (Did I ever think I’d be grateful for that hard time-release matrix?
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Each is a place where ley lines converge, forming a matrix—a sort of net within which magical spells are amplified.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • The new men said they’d come from slave camps in the huge cities of Kobe, a matrix of war production, and Osaka, Japan’s biggest port.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • A laser-tooled varying matrix.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code

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  • The completed Fearless rune was a matrix of strongly swirling lines: a rune as bold and aerodynamic as an eagle.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • The shell’s a titanium matrix with silicon carbide fibers.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • There was some sort of bracelet around her wrist, just under the cuff of her dress—then, as he neared her, he saw that it wasn’t a bracelet at all but a pattern inked into her skin, a matrix of swirling lines.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • The speech patterns you actually hear decode the brainwave matrix which has been fed into your mind by your Babel fish.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Walking this gnarled shore one summer afternoon, I blundered upon a matrix of faint stone rectangles embedded in the tundra: vestiges of the monks’ ancient dwellings, hundreds of years older, even, than the Anasazi ruins in Davis Gulch.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Mulch’s beard and head hair were actually a matrix of antennae that helped him to navigate and avoid danger below ground.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • But his touch was fatal, and the something he gave her filled the matrix of her agony with death.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • As her hands closed over the bag, a rune rose up behind her eyes—a matrix of lines and swirls, the whisper of an image that was gone as soon as she slid the Baggie into the pocket of her coat.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Smell of matrix.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • He traced the ants underground into their complex matrix of warrens and studied how they cared for a certain member of their species that was several times bigger than a normal ant.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • It is the matrix; a diabolical scheme in which you are hopelessly trapped even while completely unaware of its existence.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • The looped matrix at the edge of her doily, wonderfully intricate yet at the same time as precise and even, suddenly fell in disarray.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • It was a strong rune, a map of curving lines overlapping a matrix of straight ones.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Ninety minutes above the river, I crested a broad ridge, passed a matrix of rock-walled yak corrals, and abruptly found myself in downtown Namche Bazaar, the social and commercial hub of Sherpa society.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • It was too early in the cultural matrix for actual screwing.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Jones pressed a key to generate a copy on the adjacent matrix printer.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Blue Team had their databases and matrixes and methodologies for systematically understanding the intentions and capabilities of the enemy.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • They were canopied, altar-shaped, and plain; their carvings being defaced and broken; their brasses torn from the matrices, the rivet-holes remaining like martin-holes in a sandcliff.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Day 75 Before leaving with Tuk, I went down to the matrix paddies to say goodbye to Semfa.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Our printing-house often wanted sorts, and there was no letter-founder in America; I had seen types cast at James’s in London, but without much attention to the manner; however, I now contrived a mould, made use of the letters we had as puncheons, struck the matrices in lead, And thus supply’d in a pretty tolerable way all deficiencies.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • The little, interesting diversity of shapes had vanished from the scene; all that remained was a vast, dark matrix of sorrow and tragedy, the same in all the houses and the river-flats and the people and the birds; they were only shapen differently.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • One of Iggy’s newest explosives took out about fifty of them, and sorry to all those folks showered by bits of Flyboy metal and flesh matrix down at that MTV party on the beach.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • …anesthesia or twilight sleep, the prolongation of labour pains in advanced gravidancy by reason of pressure on the vein, the premature relentment of the amniotic fluid (as exemplified in the actual case) with consequent peril of sepsis to the matrix, artificial insemination by means of syringes, involution of the womb consequent upon the menopause, the problem of the perpetration of the species in the case of females impregnated by delinquent rape, that distressing manner of delivery…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "It’s a grid-based matrix, so I could run the usual—Vigenère, grilles, trellises, and so forth—but no promises, especially if it’s a onetime pad."
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Something nameless in the night, lode or matrix.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • Oh, and the material has to be in a particular matrix.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • he rolled over, blinked at light streaming under the overhang, managed by great effort to put himself back into the matrix of the day before.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • Rasmussen leaned back and spoke to the screen, issuing clipped commands that shifted some scenes and zoomed in on others until the whole was a disorienting matrix of motion.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • Yet they live eternally because — live germs as they were — they had the fortune to find a fecundating matrix, a fantasy which could raise and nourish them: make them live for ever!
    Luigi Pirandello  --  Six Characters in Search of an Author
  • For it was now like walking among matrices of a great digital computer, the zeroes and ones twinned above, hanging like balanced mobiles right and left, ahead, thick, maybe endless.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • Tiles covered the dark, vaulted ceiling, and upon the tiles were painted angular patterns of red, blue, and gold: a complex matrix of lines that trapped her gaze for a mindless while.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • And fixed, frozen, helpless in that matrix, Reich at last raised his eyes and stared deep into the face of his deadly enemy… the man he could not escape… the terror of his nightmares… the destroyer of his existence… It was… Himself.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Open boxes contain stacks of paper from old dot matrix printers, detailing the expenses and income of the Martin-Gale Mortgage Corp. On one of the desks, someone has stacked brochures for subdivisions into a single-story house of cards.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • But though his special and improved body permitted feats no mortal man could duplicate, still he felt uneasy in the presence of an old war horse like Lord Shiva-who, despite his adherence to the normal body matrix, seemed to hold far more attraction for women.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • "You know how wicker creaks-" Her sudden, involuntary gasp was like a steep, sheer drop in the level-flowing matrix of her speech.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • 13:11 And it shall be when the LORD shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, as he sware unto thee and to thy fathers, and shall give it thee, 13:12 That thou shalt set apart unto the LORD all that openeth the matrix, and every firstling that cometh of a beast which thou hast; the males shall be the LORD’s.
    The Bible  --  Exodus
  • One of the most widely used intelligence tests is something called Raven’s Progressive Matrices.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Part 2 Chapter 2 Subsection 2 — Matrix of Destiny.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The discovery is like that scene from The Matrix when Neo finally comprehends his identity.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • His experience in the martial arts obviously didn’t extend beyond The Matrix.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
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