dot matrix


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 It’s a dot matrix design complete with a TIE fighter and AT-AT. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, 25 Sep. 2020 Each box is printed with a special dot matrix pattern, so customers can cut, fold, and reassemble it into a new piece. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 9 Apr. 2020 Pinball has since rolled with the trends and technologies of the day, evolving from scores displayed with analog numbers on rotating reels to digital numerals and circuit boards, later incorporating dot matrix screens and now LCD displays. San Antonio Express-News, 5 Mar. 2020 The text looks a lot like a dot matrix format from the 60s and 70s, and that's for a good reason. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 3 July 2018 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Dot matrix.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

dot matrix


: 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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