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

Examples of multimodal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The state highway department, in addition to building the highway in Arkansas, will look at items like congestion management, intelligent transportation systems, freight and multimodal alternatives. Ron Wood,, 14 June 2024 Carmen is a technology that combines a tablet and social robot platform to facilitate multimodal communication and increase accessibility. Jijo Malayil, Interesting Engineering, 25 June 2024 According to Reuters, Meta Chief Product Officer Chris Cox noted in an interview that more complex processing abilities (like executing multi-step plans) are expected in future updates to Llama 3, which will also support multimodal outputs—that is, both text and images. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 18 Apr. 2024 Perhaps that’s why the researchers are now trying to create embodied multimodal AIs that can take in not just text, but sights, sounds, touch, and movement. Vox Staff, Vox, 3 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for multimodal 

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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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“Multimodal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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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