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matrix

noun uk   /ˈmeɪ.trɪks/ (plural matrices /-trɪ.siːz/ or matrixes) us  

matrix noun (DEVELOPMENT)

[C] formal the set of conditions that provides a system in which something grows or develops: Europe is remaking itself politically within the matrix of the European Community.

matrix noun (MATHEMATICS)

[C] specialized mathematics a group of numbers or other symbols arranged in a rectangle that can be used together as a single unit to solve particular mathematical problems

matrix noun (SUBSTANCE)

[C or U] specialized a substance in which other things are fixed, buried, etc.: The fossils lie embedded in a matrix of shale and sandstone.
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