dot matrix

noun

Definition of dot matrix

: 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 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, "You Could Win $10,000 for Repurposing Old Cardboard Into a New, Innovative Object for the Home," 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, "San Antonio home to a world-ranked pinball wizard," 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, "This Sand Printing Robot Is What You Need If You're Stranded on a Desert Island," 3 July 2018 Payments are made by Quick Response (QR) codes, the square black-and-white dot matrices that have become ubiquitous in China. The Economist, "Paying respectsHow mobile money is spreading," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of dot matrix

1963, in the meaning defined above

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“Dot matrix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dot%20matrix. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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dot matrix

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dot matrix

: a pattern of dots that form letters, numbers, etc., on a computer screen or on something printed from a computer

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