Matrix

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See also: matrix and mátrix

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the 1999 movie The Matrix.

Proper noun[edit]

Matrix

  1. (science fiction) A simulated reality created by sentient machines to subdue humans.
    • 2009 September 23, possum, “Re: In which the Trollpa evinzes hizzelf aza profezzional nuizzance”, in talk.religion.buddhism, Usenet[1], message-ID <64c3fc87-b24c-4339-9e04-b4ecaa1497f7@a6g2000vbp.googlegroups.com>:
      Now some folks want to claim that we're in the Matrix right now (or that the physical world is an illusion).
    • 2017, Chuck Lorre Productions #557 (post-episode text), "The Recollection Dissipation", The Big Bang Theory
      Recent events have made it abundantly clear that the fabric of the universe is unraveling. Reality as you know it, the matrix if you will, is dissolving.
  2. (figuratively) A social institution or apparatus perceived as largely deceptive or illusory to humans.

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin matrix

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Noun[edit]

Matrix f (genitive Matrix, plural Matrizen)

  1. (mathematics) matrix

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