manifold

adjective
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

manifold

adverb

Definition of manifold (Entry 2 of 4)

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

manifold

verb
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

manifold

noun

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

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Other Words from manifold

Adjective

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 That's just one man's testimony, and if chronic Lyme has some striking similarities to chronic COVID, there are obviously manifold differences — starting with the basic fact that one infection is bacterial and the other viral. Ross Douthat, Star Tribune, "Long-haul COVID and the chronic illness debate," 2 Feb. 2021 The reasons so many doses received by states have not yet been administered to the first priority group are manifold. New York Times, "Pressure Grows for States to Open Vaccines to More Groups of People," 9 Jan. 2021 When historians eventually tally the cost of the Donald Trump era, the manifold indecencies of which culminated in Wednesday's sacking of the United States Capitol during a failed insurrection, golf will not be counted among its casualties. Eamon Lynch, Detroit Free Press, "Donald Trump is a scar on the game of golf: Opinion," 10 Jan. 2021 But in a year of manifold losses, plays and musicals have found ways not simply to survive but also to thrive in new mediums. Los Angeles Times, "Culture in 2020: What we lost and found in the year of COVID," 14 Dec. 2020 But in a year of manifold losses, plays and musicals have found ways not simply to survive but also to thrive in new mediums. Los Angeles Times, "Culture in 2020: What we lost and found in the year of COVID," 14 Dec. 2020 In addition to the manifold efforts established by Southern Oregon’s pre-existing volunteer groups, a slew of new factions popped up to provide continued aid for those who lost everything. Angelica Florio, Vogue, "When Oregon’s Wildfires Swept Through My County, Mutual Aid Brought Us Together," 22 Dec. 2020 But in a year of manifold losses, plays and musicals have found ways not simply to survive but also to thrive in new mediums. Los Angeles Times, "Culture in 2020: What we lost and found in the year of COVID," 14 Dec. 2020 But in a year of manifold losses, plays and musicals have found ways not simply to survive but also to thrive in new mediums. Los Angeles Times, "Culture in 2020: What we lost and found in the year of COVID," 14 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Those gearboxes sync up to a 5.0-liter V-8 that produces 480 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque thanks to the now dead Shelby GT350's intake manifold, oil-filter adapter, and engine oil cooler. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "480-HP 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1's Handling Pack Costs $3500," 21 Oct. 2020 The Mach 1's 5.0-liter V-8 gets some good stuff from the Shelby GT350, too, including its intake manifold, oil-filter adapter, and engine oil cooler. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Ford Mustang Mach 1 Is Back for 2021 with 480 HP, Aggressive Aero," 16 June 2020 The Mach 1's 480-hp V-8 is equipped with the GT350's intake manifold, oil-filter adapter, and oil cooling system. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Here Are All the Shelby Parts on the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1," 16 June 2020 There's a new cylinder head with a six-port exhaust manifold instead of the previous six-into-two design. David Beard, Car and Driver, "One Year in, the 2021 Toyota Supra Adds Power, Chassis Tweaks, and a New Special Edition," 13 May 2020 But even if the International Monetary Fund and Group of 20 offer help this week to address what former IMF chief economist Maury Obstfeld described as the greatest global crisis of the postwar period, the risks to the rally are manifold. Netty Idayu Ismail, Bloomberg.com, "A Rally in Need of Help: Emerging Markets Look for Salvation," 10 May 2020 This '32 is powered by a 355ci Chevrolet small-block V8 engine with an Edelbrock manifold and carburetor, Offenhauser valve covers and ceramic-coated Sanderson headers. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Barrett-Jackson: 10 celebrity, charity and other cool cars to cross auction block on Friday," 17 Jan. 2020 The car's infotainment computer directs vehicle controllers that talk to valves that move the air through a manifold. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Tesla's Ventilator Design Has a Long Road before Helping Patients," 9 Apr. 2020 As a result, the company had to shut down one manifold, which effectively branches into several lines carrying propellant to four thrusters. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Starliner’s thruster performance receiving close scrutiny from NASA," 21 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of manifold

Adjective

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

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

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

Noun

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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The first known use of manifold was before the 12th century

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11 Feb 2021

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“Manifold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manifold. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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manifold

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of manifold

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : many and various

manifold

noun

English Language Learners Definition of manifold (Entry 2 of 2)

technical : 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

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

Kids Definition of manifold

: of many and various kinds manifold blessings

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