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See also: matrix and mátrix


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From the 1984 novel Neuromancer and popularized in the 1999 movie The Matrix.

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the Matrix

  1. (science fiction) A simulated reality to which many humans are connected. In some works created by sentient machines to subdue humans.
    • 1984, William Gibson, chapter 3, in Neuromancer (Sprawl; book 1), New York, N.Y.: Ace Books, →ISBN, page 51:
      “The matrix has its roots in primitive arcade games,” said the voice-over, “in early graphics programs and military experimentation with cranial jacks.” [] “Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts … A graphic representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. []
    • 2009 September 23, possum, “Re: In which the Trollpa evinzes hizzelf aza profezzional nuizzance”, in talk.religion.buddhism[1] (Usenet), message-ID <>:
      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. (figurative) A social institution or apparatus perceived as largely deceptive or illusory.
    • 2022 January 27, William Costa, “German-speaking Covid denialists seek to build paradise in Paraguay”, in The Guardian[2]:
      They claimed that Paraguay’s accommodating immigration laws have proved attractive to Germans who want to “escape the matrix” and flee the “deep state and one world order”.

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Borrowed from Latin mātrīx. Doublet of Matrize.


  • IPA(key): /maːtrɪks/
  • (file)


Matrix f (genitive Matrix, plural Matrizen or Matrizes or Matrices)

  1. (mathematics) matrix


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  • Turkish: matriks

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