mul·​ti·​el·​e·​ment ˌməl-tē-ˈe-lə-mənt How to pronounce multielement (audio)
: composed of, containing, or involving more than one distinct part or aspect : having or involving more than one element
The surfaces of lens elements reflect small amounts of light, the elements themselves absorb small quantities; in complex multielement lenses (especially zoom lenses) these differences can add up to a considerable amount.James Monaco
The Very Large Array (VLA) is the name given to the multielement … antenna array built by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) …David Morrison
specifically : having or involving more than one chemical element
a multielement analysis of soil samples
a multielement compound

Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of multielement was in 1906

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“Multielement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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