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matrix Tweet Definition of matrix Like Definition of matrix on Facebook
noun (matrices)
  1. (obsolete) The womb. The concept of an enclosure is common to many of the other uses of .
  2. (biology) The material or tissue in which more specialized structures are embedded.
  3. (biology) An extracellular matrix, the material or tissue between the cells of animals or plants.
  4. (biology) Part of the mitochondrion.
  5. (biology) The medium in which bacterium, bacteria are cultured.
  6. (mathematics) A rectangular arrangement of numbers or terms having various uses such as transforming coordinates in geometry, solving system of linear equations, systems of linear equations in linear algebra and representing graphs in graph theory.
  7. (computing) A two-dimensional array.
  8. A table of data.
  9. (geology) A geological matrix, the outer material of a rock consisting of larger grains embedded in a material consisting of smaller ones.
  10. (archaeology) The sediment surrounding and including the artifacts, features, and other materials at a site.
  11. (analytical chemistry) The environment from which a given sample is taken.
     
mill Tweet Definition of mill Like Definition of mill on Facebook
noun 
  1. A grinding apparatus for substances such as grains, seeds, etc.
  2. The building housing such a grinding apparatus.
  3. A manufacturing plant for paper, steel, textiles, etc.
  4. A building housing such a plant.
  5. An establishment that handles a certain type of situation routinely, such as a divorce mill, etc.
verb 
  1. (transitive) To grind or otherwise process in a mill or other machine.
to mill flour
  1. (transitive) To shape, polish, dress or finish using a machine.
  2. (transitive) To engrave one or more grooves or a pattern around the edge of (a cylindrical object such as a coin).
  3. (intransitive) (followed by around, about, etc.) To move about in an aimless fashion.
     
mine Tweet Definition of mine Like Definition of mine on Facebook
noun 
  1. A place in the ground from which ore is extracted.
  2. A device intended to explode when stepped upon, touched, or in proximity to a ship or vehicle.
  3. A type of firework that explodes on the ground, shooting sparks upward.
verb (min, ing)
  1. (transitive) To remove (ore) from the ground.
Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only place in the world where visitors can their own diamonds.
  1. (transitive) To sow mines (the explosive devices) in (an area).
We had to slow our advance after the enemy mined the road ahead of us.
  1. (transitive) To damage (a vehicle or ship) with a mine (an explosive device).
pronoun 
  1. <span class="use-with-mention">Non-premodifying possessive case of <span class="mention">I</span>.</span> my, My; belonging to me; that which belongs to me. (See
    1. Usage notes, usage notes below.)
     
miner Tweet Definition of miner Like Definition of miner on Facebook
noun 
  1. a person who works in a mine.
  2. an operator of mine, mines and other explosives in an army.
     
mining Tweet Definition of mining Like Definition of mining on Facebook
noun 
  1. The business of removing solid valuables from the earth; e.g., gold mining.
verb 
  1. (present participle of, mine, nodot=1) Working in a mine.
He will be all next week.
     
moil Tweet Definition of moil Like Definition of moil on Facebook
noun 
  1. Hard work.
  2. Confusion, turmoil.
  3. An unwanted rim of glass left after blow molding in glassblowing.
verb (moils, moiling, moiled)
  1. To toil, to work hard.
I do not like to moil.
  1. To churn continually.
     
Monitor Tweet Definition of Monitor Like Definition of Monitor on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Any of several publications e.g. the "Christian Science Monitor".
  2. (freemasonry) A text of works or instruction which are not secret and may be written e.g. "Indiana Monitor and Freemasons' Guide".
     
monkey Tweet Definition of monkey Like Definition of monkey on Facebook
noun 
  1. Any of several members of the infra-order Simiiformes of primates, generally smaller than the apes, and distinguished from them by having a tail and cheek pouches.
  2. (context, informal) A mischievous child.
Stop misbehaving, you little !
  1. (context, UK, slang) Five-hundred pounds sterling.
  2. (slang) A person or the role of the person on the sidecar platform of a motorcycle involved in sidecar racing.
verb (monkeys, monkeying, mokeyed or monkied, mokeyed or monkied)
  1. (informal) To meddle; to mess with; to interfere; to fiddle.
''Please don't with the controls if you don't know what you're doing.
     
mother lode Tweet Definition of mother lode Like Definition of mother lode on Facebook
noun 
  1. A large or rich vein of gold or other precious material from which others extend.
  2. (context, by extension) Any rich ore, or source of other useful material
The library was a of information on the subject.
     
muck Tweet Definition of muck Like Definition of muck on Facebook
noun 
  1. Slimy mud.
  2. Soft or slimy manure.
     
mucker Tweet Definition of mucker Like Definition of mucker on Facebook
noun (plural muckers)
  1. (southern British slang) Friend.
Fancy a pint, me old mucker?
  1. (Northern Irish slang) Friend or Acquaintance
Hows about ye mucker ? = How are You ?
     

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