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Definition a rectangular array of elements (or entries) set out by rows and columns

Link to "Dictionary w/ Pronunciation" for other senses of the word "matrix".  Amongst other things, "matrix" can refer to interconnected pieces, or to conditions that encourage something.
  • a matrix of connective tissue
  • But his touch was fatal, and the something he gave her filled the matrix of her agony with death.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • So I stand in the middle of the glass column matrix, trying to decipher what is happening on the other side.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • 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
  • "Matrices," Strassnitzky answered.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Part 2 Chapter 2 Subsection 2 — Matrix of Destiny.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • It's a matrix light, a recombinant light that disintegrates hard lines and planes, rearranging objects to their essences.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • 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
  • It was a strong rune, a map of curving lines overlapping a matrix of straight ones.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Her sudden, involuntary gasp was like a steep, sheer drop in the level-flowing matrix of her speech.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Oh, and the material has to be in a particular matrix.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Blue Team had their databases and matrixes and methodologies for systematically understanding the intentions and capabilities of the enemy.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • "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
  • A gorgeous set of yellow topaz crystals on a gray matrix.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • A laser-tooled varying matrix.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • 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
  • Having a matrix of preferences presented as your essence, as the whole you?
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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