mul·​ti·​mod·​al | \ ˌməl-tē-ˈmō-dᵊl How to pronounce multimodal (audio) , -ˌtī- \

Definition of multimodal

: having or involving several modes, modalities, or maxima multimodal distributions multimodal therapy

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Recent Examples on the Web The funding will be allocated for Huntsville to build a multimodal transfer station and renovate its existing operating facility downtown on Cleveland Avenue, according to the announcement. Paul Gattis |, al, "Huntsville gets $12 million grant to enhance public transportation," 11 Aug. 2020 There’s going to be an explosion of innovation in multimodal video, as people and organizations look for ways to reproduce meetings, conventions, and rallies in cyberspace. Micah L. Sifry, The New Republic, "The Vanishing Public Square," 6 Apr. 2020 Opioids should be used as part of multimodal pain management plan and in an ongoing trial, as they are associated with potential harms, including unsanctioned use, addiction and overdose. Washington Post, "Australia fines Sackler-owned opioid maker over advertising," 24 Dec. 2019 Better multimodal planning and coordination of construction projects will improve mobility, reduce congestion and lower emissions. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Tempe election: Mayoral and council hopefuls respond to questions on city issues," 14 Feb. 2020 More recently, the Alphabet subsidiary introduced the data mobility startup Coord with the multimodal trip-planning Router app. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Here’s what Sidewalk Labs’s Toronto smart city could look like," 16 Aug. 2018 The contractor for the multimodal facility, Austin Power Partners, would build an elevated extension, or guideway, to support the longer rail line. Mary Wisniewski,, "Where O'Hare's people mover is expanding," 20 June 2019 According to comic theorist Dale Jacobs, comics and graphic novels tell sophisticated stories through multimodal cues that stimulate similar processes to the human brain mapping the world around it. Mary Widdicks, Quartz, "The visual language of comic books can improve brain function," 2 Jan. 2020 Coffman is committed to more balanced growth in Aurora, including equitable distribution of open space, parks, and trails and new multimodal transportation opportunities. Doug Friednash, The Denver Post, "Friednash: Mike Coffman has the experience, leadership qualities Aurora needs in a mayor," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of multimodal

1899, in the meaning defined above

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“Multimodal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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mul·​ti·​mo·​dal | \ ˌməl-ti-ˈmōd-ᵊl How to pronounce multimodal (audio) \

Medical Definition of multimodal

: 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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