toggle menu
1000+ books

in a sentence
grouped by contextual meaning

matrix as in:  arranged in a rectangular matrix

show 10 more with this conextual meaning
  • Plot the data into a matrix.
  • Then Halliday's ancient dot-matrix printer came to life and noisily ground out a single line of text.   (source)
    matrix = related to a grid of dots
  • 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.   (source)
    matrix = grid
  • After completing a set of tedious and cumbersome matrix calculations, she blew on her hands to warm them, and picked up the latest issue of the Journal of Astrophysics to take a break.   (source)
    matrix = related to an arrangement of numbers into a grid of rows and columns
  • Looking at Sophie's substitution matrix, Langdon felt a rising thrill that he imagined must have rivaled the thrill felt by early scholars when they first used the Atbash Cipher to decrypt the now famous Mystery of Sheshach.   (source)
    matrix = grid (in this case, with 2 rows in which each column shows what letter to substitute for another letter)
  • 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.   (source)
    matrix = relating to a grid of dots
  • 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.   (source)
    matrix = grid
  • Each is a place where ley lines converge, forming a matrix—a sort of net within which magical spells are amplified.   (source)
    matrix = grid (arrangement of elements that form a rectangle of rows and columns)
  • He looked at Sophie's substitution matrix and slowly began to make the conversion.   (source)
    matrix = grid (in this case, with 2 rows in which each column shows what letter to substitute for another letter)
  • Cables snaked out of the back of the machine, leading to an audiocassette recorder, a small color television, a dot-matrix printer, and a 300-baud modem.   (source)
    matrix = relating to a grid of dots
▲ show less (of above)
show 2 more with this conextual meaning
  • Now we simply apply your Atbash substitution matrix to translate the letters into our five-letter password.   (source)
    matrix = grid (in this case, with 2 rows in which each column shows what letter to substitute for another letter)
  • Sheshach, in Hebrew, was spelled: Sh-Sh-K. Sh-Sh-K, when placed in the substitution matrix, became B-B-L. B-B-L, in Hebrew, spelled Babel.   (source)
▲ show less (of above)

matrix as in:  the social matrix of the town

show 10 more with this conextual meaning
  • It's not surprising given the social matrix of her upbringing.
  • 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.   (source)
    matrix = environment
  • Voices may reach us from it; but what they say to us is imbued with the obscurity of the matrix out of which they come; and, try as we may, we cannot always decipher them precisely in the clearer light of our own day.   (source)
    matrix = a set of conditions or environment in which something develops
  • Your planet and people have formed the matrix of an organic computer running a ten-million-year research program….   (source)
  • It is the matrix; a diabolical scheme in which you are hopelessly trapped even while completely unaware of its existence.   (source)
  • But his touch was fatal, and the something he gave her filled the matrix of her agony with death.   (source)
  • "You are yielding to the matrix, not to us," finished Jesus.   (source)
  • You are a last generation product of that computer matrix, right, and you were there right up to the moment your planet got the finger, yeah?   (source)
  • The smell is of our own flesh, an organic smell, sweat and a tinge of iron, from the blood on the sheet, and another smell, more animal, that's coming, it must be, from Janine: a smell of dens, of inhabited caves, the smell of the plaid blanket on the bed when the cat gave birth on it, once, before she was spayed. Smell of matrix.   (source)
  • The speech patterns you actually hear decode the brainwave matrix which has been fed into your mind by your Babel fish.   (source)
▲ show less (of above)
show 2 more with this conextual meaning
  • A computer that can calculate the Question to the Ultimate Answer, a computer of such infinite and subtle complexity that organic life itself shall form part of its operational matrix.   (source)
  • It then excretes into the mind of its carrier a telepathic matrix formed by combining the conscious thought frequencies with nerve signals picked up from the speech centers of the brain which has supplied them.   (source)
▲ show less (of above)

show 10 more examples with any meaning
  • The cruciform on top implied the key belonged to some kind of Christian organization, and yet Sophie knew of no churches that used laser-tooled varying matrix keys.†   (source)
  • 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?†   (source)
  • Mulch's beard and head hair were actually a matrix of antennae that helped him to navigate and avoid danger below ground.†   (source)
  • Day 75 Before leaving with Tuk, I went down to the matrix paddies to say goodbye to Semfa.†   (source)
  • Jones pressed a key to generate a copy on the adjacent matrix printer.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Blue Team had their databases and matrixes and methodologies for systematically understanding the intentions and capabilities of the enemy.†   (source)
  • It was too early in the cultural matrix for actual screwing.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
▲ show less (of above)
show 51 more examples with any meaning
  • His experience in the martial arts obviously didn't extend beyond The Matrix.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • So I stand in the middle of the glass column matrix, trying to decipher what is happening on the other side.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • "Matrices," Strassnitzky answered.†   (source)
  • The discovery is like that scene from The Matrix when Neo finally comprehends his identity.†   (source)
  • It's a matrix light, a recombinant light that disintegrates hard lines and planes, rearranging objects to their essences.†   (source)
  • Oh, and the material has to be in a particular matrix.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • I felt the inevitable nausea of transition as we came out of the matrix.†   (source)
  • What you see as a complex interstellar society is only a small part of the Core reality matrix.†   (source)
  • It was a strong rune, a map of curving lines overlapping a matrix of straight ones.†   (source)
  • "We made the replica arm out of biogenetic matrix," the Director explained.†   (source)
  • You know, you get caught up in forms, in matrixes, in computer programs, and it just draws you in.†   (source)
  • Then I step out of the column matrix and see it for what it really is.†   (source)
  • On the other side of the matrix, an angel is berating a human servant.†   (source)
  • At the far end of the matrix, I see a blue ladder.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • A laser-tooled varying matrix.†   (source)
  • Orlandi nuked the site with shaped charges they used to ...to clear the jungle...fiberplastic matrix.†   (source)
  • I could feel the blows slamming home-not against me primarily, but connecting to the matrix analog that was BB.†   (source)
  • A commingling of computer and AI-generated dataspheres and the quasi-perceptual Gibsonian matrix designed originally for human operators, now accepted as common ground for man, machine, and AI.†   (source)
  • Sometimes, as when Kitssad was strapped into the tactical command chair during a battalion-sized drop onto Ceres, he closed his eyes, looked between the primary-colored geographies of the cortically generated tactical/terrain matrix, and felt a sense of...someone?†   (source)
  • Heavy rain clouds spread out below us to the foot of the Pinion Hills, but through gaps in the white and gray carpet of cloud we caught glimpses of the Kans in its leisurely uncoiling toward Port R. and the sea, chrome-yellow swatches of the forest we had struggled through, and a hint of magenta far to the east that Tuk swore was the lower matrix of fiberplastic fields near Perecebo.†   (source)
  • The completed Fearless rune was a matrix of strongly swirling lines: a rune as bold and aerodynamic as an eagle.†   (source)
  • Matrices and sets.†   (source)
  • Like The Matrix.†   (source)
  • A Matrix Light.†   (source)
  • So if the Horvath armor was, as all intelligence indicated, fullerene matrix, there was no way that BDA 12 should have penetrated.†   (source)
  • JFCOM devised something called the Operational Net Assessment, which was a formal decision-making tool that broke the enemy down into a series of systems—military, economic, social, political—and created a matrix showing how all those systems were interrelated and which of the links among the systems were the most vulnerable.†   (source)
  • The armor was a matrix of fullerene and "other substances" that was impossible to duplicate without the codes for the Libbers.†   (source)
  • The body was part of the frame-matrix.†   (source)
  • They acted with utter confidence, because their Operational Net Assessment matrixes told them where Red Team's vulnerabilities were, what Red Team's next move was likely to be, and what Red Team's range of options was.†   (source)
  • I sneak through the matrix of fetal columns to look for something to try to get the victims out of the tanks.†   (source)
  • Like the prints of the palms and the fingers of the hands, no two minds register the same patterns; But from body to body one does retain a similar mind-matrix, despite the fact that a different brain's involved.†   (source)
  • MATRIX OF DESTINY On the fifth night Mwuetsi wanted to sleep with Morongo again.†   (source)
  • Thus was ancient Viliniimoinen, He, the ever famous minstrel, Born of the divine Creatrix, Born of Ilmatar, his mothers Part 2 Chapter 2 Subsection 2 — Matrix of Destiny.†   (source)
  • "You know how wicker creaks—" Her sudden, involuntary gasp was like a steep, sheer drop in the level-flowing matrix of her speech.†   (source)
  • All day her decks had been colorful, a matrix of the vivid costumes of other lands, the speckled green-and-yellow aprons, the flowered kerchief, embroidered homespun, the silver-braided sheepskin vest, the gaudy scarfs, yellow boots, fur caps, caftans, dull gabardines.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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!†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • along the medial line so that (as he said) one ear could hear what the other spoke, the benefits of 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 called by the Brandenburghers Sturzgeburt, the recorded instances of multiseminal, twikindled and monstrou†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 34:19 All that openeth the matrix is mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male.†   (source)
  • that thou shalt say unto him, By strength of hand the LORD brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage: 13:15 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go, that the LORD slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man, and the firstborn of beast: therefore I sacrifice to the LORD all that openeth the matrix, being males; but all the firstborn of my children I redeem.†   (source)
▲ show less (of above)

meaning too rare to warrant focus:

show 10 examples with meaning too rare to warrant focus
  • Other virtual worlds soon followed suit, from the Metaverse to the Matrix.   (source)
    matrix = movie title based upon an artificial environment in which something develops
  • He sat studying the twisted matrix of routes in red and black with his finger at the junction where he thought that they might be.   (source)
    matrix = maze
  • A gorgeous set of yellow topaz crystals on a gray matrix.   (source)
    matrix = material in which crystal are embedded
  • Having a matrix of preferences presented as your essence, as the whole you?   (source)
    matrix = an ordered pattern
  • The shell's a titanium matrix with silicon carbide fibers.   (source)
    matrix = main metal in an alloy
  • Huge fake rocks, made from a combo-matrix of recycled plastic bottles and plant material from giant tree cacti and various lithops — the living-stone members of the Mesembryanthemaceae — were dotted here and there.   (source)
    matrix = ordered arrangement
  • One of the most widely used intelligence tests is something called Raven's Progressive Matrices.   (source)
    matrices = related to an ordered arrangements of elements
  • The looped matrix at the edge of her doily, wonderfully intricate yet at the same time as precise and even, suddenly fell in disarray.   (source)
    matrix = ordered pattern
  • Herds of puffy cumulus raced beneath the sun, imprinting the landscape with a shifting matrix of shadow and blinding light.   (source)
    matrix = pattern
  • 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.   (source)
▲ show less (of above)
show 5 more examples with meaning too rare to warrant focus
  • Something nameless in the night, lode or matrix.   (source)
    matrix = environment or maze
  • His laptop was propped open at the foot of the bed, frozen on a scene from The Matrix.   (source)
    matrix = movie title based upon an artificial environment in which something develops
  • I devoured each of what Halliday referred to as "The Holy Trilogies": Star Wars (original and prequel trilogies, in that order), Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, Mad Max, Back to the Future, and Indiana Jones.   (source)
  • The branches of trees, the filigree of roots, the matrix of crystals, the streets her father re-created in his models.   (source)
    matrix = ordered pattern
  • 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.   (source)
    matrix = ordered arrangement
▲ show less (of above)