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manifold

adjective man·i·fold \ ˈma-nə-ˌfōld \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of manifold

1 a : 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

manifoldly

play \-ˌfōl(d)-lē\ adverb

manifoldness

play \-ˌfōl(d)-nəs\ noun

Examples of manifold in a Sentence

  1. The benefits of this approach are manifold.

  2. the manifold attractions of that state make it an ideal destination for a family vacation

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Origin and Etymology of manifold

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

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manifold

adverb

Definition of manifold

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

Origin and Etymology of manifold


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manifold

verb

Definition of manifold

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

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Origin and Etymology of manifold


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manifold

noun

Definition of manifold

: 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
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

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First Known Use of manifold

13th century



MANIFOLD Defined for English Language Learners

manifold

adjective

Definition of manifold for English Language Learners

  • : many and various


manifold

noun

Definition of manifold for English Language Learners

  • : 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


MANIFOLD Defined for Kids

manifold

adjective man·i·fold \ ˈma-nə-ˌfōld \

Definition of manifold for Students

: of many and various kinds
  • manifold blessings


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