a term describing a controlled environment or situation in which people act or behave in ways that conform to roles pre-determined by a powerful person(s) who decides how the world is supposed to function.

Living on or within a matrix may also be referred to as "on the grid", with greater flexibility and choice available to those who venture off-the-grid.
After years of living a boring life, working 9-to-5 on the East Coast matrix, he relocated to Portland, Oregon, where he traded his car for a bicycle and started earning a living with his acoustic guitar.
by D.S. Credito March 12, 2015
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Unfortunately, no one can be told what the matrix really is. You have to see it for yourself.
Morpheus: "Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix really is. You have to see it for yourself."

Neo: "Woah!"
by Shay42 February 12, 2005
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The Matrix is real. In the movies, The Matrix was symbolized as a computer simulation that is hooked into our brains with wires and computer code. The real Matrix consists of the program that we follow every day when we live our lives. The real Matrix is created throuth the media, and through our programmed interactions with our jobs and with each other. To break free of the real Matrix, one must operate not on logic, but on will. Do what you will, because the only things that stand in your way are only in your way because you believe they are. Do, believe, and feel as you want to. NOT as you are told.
Neo broke free from the rules of the matrix.
by El Caro March 11, 2004
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A religion jacked from a fictional action movie, and thrown into the world of infinite beliefs out of pity for the nerd-species of human-kind. Consists of the beleif that what we see, hear, smell, and feel are all part of a Matrix that is unreal. Otherise defined as:

What Would Neo Do? Matrixism.
by CaTina October 31, 2007
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In reference to being beyond backed-out, in which a person is so drunk, their body may be walking around but their mind is somewhere else aka in the matrix
Yea John is in the Matrix, he just downed 12 shots of Jameson!
by PatrickBateman87 June 21, 2010
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n. A trio of movies that managed to glorify existentialism, promote free-thinking, stimulate the atrophied intellects of the masses, modernize science fiction, lionize computer programmers and revive Keanu Reeves' career all in one go. In short, a triumph.
The Matrix has (pwns?) you.
by redgyul September 21, 2004
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A groundbreaking film released in 1999. Facing hard competition from Star Wars: Episode I, which opened the same season, it was a surprise hit, and a perfect combination of story and action/visual effects. The original film was somewhat devalued by the sub-par sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Recently, all three films were released in a 10-disc box set.
Warner Home Video has just announced that, in addition to the 10-disc "Ultimate Matrix Collection", they will soon be releasing a "SuperDeluxe Ultimate Matrix Collection, consisting of 128 DVDs, which dissect every frame of all three films. Each film has 32 commentary tracks, from writers/directors Wachowski Brothers to James Mager, the catering assistant for the films. In addition, each disc will be hand-signed by Keanu Reeves and the Wachowski Brothers. The set will also include a life-sized Sentinel figure.
by Orpheus December 10, 2004
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