What would be an appropriate word for updating one single square in a grid/matrix, e.g. in a game of Tetris?
What are those squares called?

I was hoping for something like "Update square."


3 Answers 3


How about Updating Cell or Updating Unit?


Each individual part of a matrix is called an element. Pixel can work fine, if you feel like using an analogy with an image (pixel was initially short for picture element).


I have always heard these terms used:

  • an element of an array,
  • an entry (or an element) of a matrix,
  • a cell of a grid.

P.S. The following is not really a language issue, but if you're doing image processing, you should be aware that A Pixel is Not a Little Square!

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.