adjective \ˈma-nə-ˌfōld\

: many and various

Full Definition of MANIFOLD

a :  marked by diversity or variety
b :  many
:  comprehending or uniting various features :  multifarious
:  rightfully so-called for many reasons <a manifold liar>
:  consisting of or operating many of one kind combined <a manifold bellpull>
man·i·fold·ly \-ˌfōl(d)-lē\ adverb
man·i·fold·ness \-ˌfōl(d)-nəs\ noun

Examples of MANIFOLD

  1. The benefits of this approach are manifold.
  2. <the manifold attractions of that state make it an ideal destination for a family vacation>

Origin of MANIFOLD

Middle English, from Old English manigfeald, from manig many + -feald -fold
First Known Use: before 12th century



Definition of MANIFOLD

:  many times :  a great deal <will increase your blessings manifold>

First Known Use of MANIFOLD

before 12th century



Definition of MANIFOLD

transitive verb
:  to make manifold :  multiply
:  to make several or many copies of
intransitive verb
:  to make several or many copies

First Known Use of MANIFOLD

before 12th century



: a part of an engine that connects different pipes for moving fuel and air into the engine or for carrying gases away from the engine

Full Definition of MANIFOLD

:  something that is manifold: as
a :  a whole that unites or consists of many diverse elements <the manifold of aspirations, passions, frustrations — Harry Slochower>
b :  a pipe fitting with several lateral outlets for connecting one pipe with others; also :  a fitting on an internal combustion engine that directs a fuel and air mixture to or receives the exhaust gases from several cylinders
c :  set 21
d :  a topological space in which every point has a neighborhood that is homeomorphic to the interior of a sphere in Euclidean space of the same number of dimensions

First Known Use of MANIFOLD

13th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In mathematics, a topological space (see topology) with a family of local coordinate systems related to each other by certain classes of coordinate transformations. Manifolds occur in algebraic geometry, differential equations, and classical dynamics. They are studied for their global properties by the methods of algebra and algebraic topology and form a natural domain for the global analysis of differential equations. See also tensor analysis.


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