mul·​ti·​mod·​al ˌməl-tē-ˈmō-dᵊl How to pronounce multimodal (audio)
: having or involving several modes, modalities, or maxima
multimodal distributions
multimodal therapy

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Dark spots are very hard to treat and treatment requires a multimodal approach. ELLE, 22 July 2022 In the letter, Armstrong pledged to set aside a portion of the capital budget for her district this fiscal year to find other methods of multimodal infrastructure in the Highlands area. Caleb Stultz, The Courier-Journal, 1 July 2022 Max Upton said the general goal is to make transit on the busy street more accessible and multimodal -- walkable, bike-able, etc. John Benson, cleveland, 18 May 2022 This business will continue to help public sector transportation agencies capture revenue while improving traveler experiences, increasing public safety and accessibility, reducing congestion and emissions, and modernizing multimodal travel. Joe Cornell, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Prasad aims to develop an Alexa that is more self-aware and makes use of multimodal intelligence. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, 22 Mar. 2022 Jack Clark, a co-director of Stanford’s AI Index Steering Committee, discussed with Fortune some of the complications that these multimodal A.I. systems. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 25 Mar. 2022 The hope is that Houston cyclists who feel discouraged from speaking up about issues in their backyard will be able to do so with BikeHouston's full force behind them — including the know-how, manpower and will to organize for a multimodal city. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 7 Feb. 2022 Ultimately, the decision to embrace a multimodal approach or double down on highways lies with states themselves. Camille Squires, Quartz, 29 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of multimodal was in 1899

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Cite this Entry

“Multimodal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition



mul·​ti·​mo·​dal ˌməl-ti-ˈmōd-ᵊl How to pronounce multimodal (audio)
: relating to, having, or utilizing more than one mode or modality (as of stimulation or treatment)
multimodal cancer therapy involving surgery, immunotherapy, and radiation
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