dot matrix

noun

: a pattern of dots in a grid from which alphanumeric characters can be formed
a dot matrix printer

Examples of dot matrix in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lid has been changed from the LED dot matrix of the past to a chic diagonal metallic slash. PCMAG, 27 Mar. 2024 In installation form, the work is displayed as a continuous print-out of dot matrix paper spilling over a table. WIRED, 19 Sep. 2023 Some text and icons are presented in a dot matrix format, which is an old-school look on a new-school device. Iyaz Akhtar, PCMAG, 11 July 2023 Skytyping is the technological equivalent of moving from handwriting to a wireless dot matrix printer, said Andy’s 48-year-old grandson Stephen Stinis, who took Skytypers over from his father, Greg. Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2022 Nothing’s aesthetic circles around dot matrix-style text, and it can be seen mostly in widgets, the Settings menu, and some other stock apps. Christian De Looper, BGR, 30 Aug. 2022 While acknowledging the limited uses for a tiny HDMI PC monitor, maker mitxela had the urge to get a 128×68 dot matrix OLED screen up and running as a PC monitor that connects directly to its system. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 1 Apr. 2022 The man took Andrea Cincotta’s computer and her dot matrix printer, loaded into his truck and then resumed working on the apartment building’s mailboxes. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 With soft and high elastic earloop, the metal adjustable nose clip bridge, and the dot matrix welding. Maren Estrada, BGR, 4 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dot matrix was in 1963

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“Dot matrix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dot%20matrix. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

dot matrix

noun
: a rectangular arrangement of dots from which letters, numbers, and symbols can be formed (as by a computer printer or on a display screen)

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