multiplicity


mul·ti·plic·i·ty

noun \ˌməl-tə-ˈpli-sə-tē\

: a very large number

plural mul·ti·plic·i·ties

Full Definition of MULTIPLICITY

1
a :  the quality or state of being multiple or various
b :  the number of components in a system (as a multiplet or a group of energy levels)
2
:  a great number
3
:  the number of times a root of an equation or zero of a function occurs when there is more than one root or zero <the multiplicity of x = 2 for the equation (x − 2)3 = 0 is 3>

Examples of MULTIPLICITY

  1. <a multiplicity of suggestions for turning the company around>
  2. <Shakespeare's works seem to encompass the full multiplicity of human experience.>

Origin of MULTIPLICITY

Middle English, from Middle French multiplicité, from Late Latin multiplicitat-, multiplicitas, from Latin multiplic-, multiplex
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to MULTIPLICITY

Synonyms
abundance, barrel, basketful, boatload, bucket, bunch, bundle, bushel, carload, chunk, deal, dozen, fistful, gobs, good deal, heap, hundred, lashings (also lashins) [chiefly British], loads, mass, mess, mountain, much, lot, myriad, oodles, pack, passel, peck, pile, plateful, plenitude, plentitude, plenty, pot, potful, profusion, quantity, raft, reams, scads, sheaf, shipload, sight, slew, spate, stack, store, ton, truckload, volume, wad, wealth, yard
Antonyms
ace, bit, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, handful, hint, lick, little, mite, mouthful, nip, ounce, peanuts, pinch, pittance, scruple, shade, shadow, smidgen (also smidgeon or smidgin or smidge), speck, spot, sprinkle, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, tad, taste, touch, trace

mul·ti·plic·i·ty

noun \ˌməl-tə-ˈplis-ət-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural mul·ti·plic·i·ties

Medical Definition of MULTIPLICITY

1
: the quality or state of being multiple or various
2
: the ratio of the number of infectious particles (as of a bacteriophage) to the number of cells at risk <monolayer cultures…were infected at an effective multiplicity of approximately 100—J. J. Holland>

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