man·​i·​fold | \ ˈma-nə-ˌfōld How to pronounce manifold (audio) \

Definition of manifold

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : marked by diversity or variety performs the manifold duties required of him— J. H. Ferguson
b : many the manifold details
2 : comprehending or uniting various features : multifarious the romantic symphony, with its manifold melodic content— P. H. Lang
3 : rightfully so-called for many reasons a manifold liar
4 : consisting of or operating many of one kind combined a manifold bellpull



Definition of manifold (Entry 2 of 4)

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


manifolded; manifolding; manifolds

Definition of manifold (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to make manifold : multiply
2 : to make several or many copies of

intransitive verb

: to make several or many copies



Definition of manifold (Entry 4 of 4)

: something that is manifold: such 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 especially : a fitting on an internal combustion engine that directs a fuel and air mixture to or receives the exhaust gases from several cylinders
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

Other Words from manifold


manifoldly \ ˈma-​nə-​ˌfōl(d)-​lē How to pronounce manifold (audio) \ adverb
manifoldness \ ˈma-​nə-​ˌfōl(d)-​nəs How to pronounce manifold (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for manifold

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of manifold in a Sentence

Adjective The benefits of this approach are manifold. the manifold attractions of that state make it an ideal destination for a family vacation
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The benefits of these kinds of networks are manifold. Sachin H. Jain, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 The manifold precise regulations governing the giving of the machatzit hashekel coincide with Judaism’s unique approach to charity. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 14 Feb. 2022 So long as the United States continues to suffer from all its manifold defects, every so often the police will kill a sympathetic unarmed victim, and there will be fury and organizing in response. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 29 Dec. 2021 The suit, which was initially filed in 2018, was part of the federal multi-district litigation created that year to address the manifold claims against opioid manufacturers and distributors. Evan Simko-bednarski, CNN, 23 Nov. 2021 Outside of the art world, Salem’s sordid history continues to resonate in manifold ways. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Oct. 2021 Research on the origin of SARS and other deadly viruses offers a cautionary example of the manifold challenges that confound the pursuit of the origin of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, 11 July 2021 Trump, given his manifold legal problems, also saw Justice Thomas as a potentially important ally—and genuinely liked him. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, 21 Jan. 2022 These substantial resources have proved fruitful but have presented manifold problems as well. Jonathan Gary, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb In the past fortnight, hope has grown manifold in the field. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 15 Feb. 2022 Experts caution that once firms go public, the scrutiny goes up manifold. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 24 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Under the hood there’s a fresh Ford 289 ci V-8 engine with rebuilt cylinder heads and timing assemblies, a Holley four-barrel carburetor and a Cobra high-rise intake manifold., Robb Report, 18 Apr. 2022 The disasters stemming from climate change have increased manifold in India. Shreyans Jain, Quartz, 7 Mar. 2022 Also added are custom air-to-water intercoolers within the intake manifold. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 9 Feb. 2022 But in your case, during those few weeks that the car sits, fuel is leaking out of your carburetor, perhaps into the intake manifold, and evaporating. Ray Magliozzi, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Dec. 2021 But Floer theory did not completely resolve the Arnold conjecture because Floer’s method only worked on one type of manifold. Quanta Magazine, 9 Dec. 2021 Often invariants involve building some kind of geometric construction on a manifold. Quanta Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 The engine also gets the same intake manifold, oil filter adapter, and engine oil cooler as the GT350. Kyle Edward, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Poincaré predicted that any shape, or manifold, with certain generic characteristics must be equivalent, or homeomorphic, to the sphere. Quanta Magazine, 9 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of manifold


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for manifold

Adjective, Adverb, and Verb

Middle English, from Old English manigfeald, from manig many + -feald -fold

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