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

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Other Words from manifold


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

Synonyms for manifold

Synonyms: Adjective

divers, multifarious, myriad

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Examples of manifold in a Sentence


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

This is the place where sake can be known in its accessible, manifold glories. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Los Angeles, this should be your sake spot," 22 Aug. 2019 And that, theater lovers, marks a man of not only manifold gifts, but also of many graces. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Thank you, Hal Prince, for giving me some of the most transcendent nights of theater I’ve ever known," 31 July 2019 For their unrelenting and manifold failures, the Knicks have earned the third pick in the N.B.A. draft on June 20. Michael Powell, New York Times, "Canada Becomes a Basketball Factory," 8 June 2019 At the time of the manifold work, mathematicians knew of at least two types of orbit closures: dense and closed. Quanta Magazine, "Why Mathematicians Like to Classify Things," 15 Aug. 2017 During a Quanta Magazine interview two years ago, Scholze said that, despite his manifold achievements, his work thus far has felt less like research than an attempt to learn what other mathematicians have done and reformulate it in his own words. Quanta Magazine, "A Master of Numbers and Shapes Who Is Rewriting Arithmetic," 1 Aug. 2018 Shiru’s success highlights the manifold ways that companies can ride the flood of consumer data — whether to sell consumers a product or, in the case of Shiru, to find workers in a competitive labor market. Graham Ambrose,, "Free coffee — with a catch — is coming to Massachusetts," 14 July 2018 Actually, in using the texts of 20th-century American poet Robert Lax, Smith emerged in manifold forms. Peter Dobrin,, "The Crossing choir premieres vivid new Kile Smith work," 1 July 2018 The legacy of this trauma, Heti suggests, passed down to her own mother and then to her, in manifold ways. Adam Kirsch, The Atlantic, "The Art of Parenthood," 13 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Recent employee expressions have been bold and manifold: Employees of Google have strongly registered their objections to re-entering China and collaborating with the US Department of Defense. Alison Taylor, Quartz at Work, "Employees have given rise to something far more powerful than “CEO activism”," 6 Sep. 2019 The answers are manifold, and the process of learning them is fitfully fascinating, even as the characters around this enigmatic woman suffer in her shadow. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette Is a Gripping Mess," 16 Aug. 2019 The long-range entanglement patterns that arise are topological, or impervious to local changes, like the number of holes in a manifold. Quanta Magazine, "Physicists Aim to Classify All Possible Phases of Matter," 3 Jan. 2018 The adjustments are manifold: The physical grind of playing every day, a season that lasts five full months, pitch quality and sequences unlike anything to which they were exposed as amateurs. Alex Speier,, "Teenager Triston Casas has perspective, stats beyond his years," 30 Aug. 2019 Explanations are manifold and not mutually exclusive. Jon Wertheim,, "10 Big Questions Ahead of the 2019 U.S. Open," 24 Aug. 2019 The vulnerabilities are manifold, the defenses inadequate. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "A Summer Camp for the Next Generation of N.S.A. Agents," 15 Aug. 2019 The company says a plastic engine intake manifold could be faulty, causing it to melt and deform, which could result in a fire. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Volvo Recalls Half a Million Cars Over Fire Risk," 22 July 2019 The hot-rodded IO-550 runs 75-plus inches of manifold pressure (3-bar of boost, or 25-30 PSI). Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "400mph, 50 feet up—what it takes to race and win world’s fastest motorsport," 30 Aug. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of manifold

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : many and various



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


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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