multiplex

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adjective

mul·​ti·​plex ˈməl-tə-ˌpleks How to pronounce multiplex (audio)
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: being or relating to a system of transmitting several messages or signals simultaneously on the same circuit or channel

multiplex

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verb

multiplexed; multiplexing; multiplexes

transitive verb

: to send (messages or signals) by a multiplex system

intransitive verb

: to multiplex messages or signals
multiplexer noun
or less commonly multiplexor

multiplex

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noun

: a complex that houses several movie theaters

Examples of multiplex in a Sentence

Adjective would sometimes experience multiplex moods in the course of a single day
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
In the last decade Nepal has been growing its multiplex screens, which have become the main source of revenue for both local and foreign films, a change from the previous decades when single screens used to be the revenue generators. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 5 Feb. 2024 In addition to flexible work areas, the former mall’s 12-screen multiplex movie theater may be converted into lecture halls or performance spaces offering programming across the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences, the chancellor’s office said. Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times, 4 Jan. 2024 But working against it are the relatively low profile of its stars and director – many of Scott’s biggest films released before China’s multiplex era – and the far-away subject matter. Patrick Frater, Variety, 1 Dec. 2023 In the battle of three-hour movies at the multiplex, Taylor Swift remained box office champ for a second consecutive weekend as The Eras Tour edged Killers of the Flower Moon to stay Number One. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 22 Oct. 2023 In addition to standard screenings, Cinemark and other multiplex operators have been offering private viewing parties. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, 11 Oct. 2023 Producers instead deal directly with the country’s three major multiplex chains and a smattering of small cinemas in second and third tier cities. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 8 Oct. 2023 Folks like Liam Neeson and Denzel Washington started balancing films aimed at Oscar voters and multiplex flicks that went for the jugular. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 24 Sep. 2023 The latest fresh capital raise attempt at AMC Theatres will be watched for clues as to just how much the U.S. exhibition sector has gained from a Hollywood box office rebound at the multiplex as the COVID-19 crisis has faded but the streaming revolution continues. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Sep. 2023
Verb
Perturb-seq provides genomic scale and resolution, allowing both multiplexed intervention in a genome as well as analysis of non-natural configurations for the first time. John Stuelpnagel, Fortune, 13 Jan. 2020 Why not cut out distributors completely by going straight to multiplex operators? Brooks Barnes, New York Times, 31 July 2017
Noun
And subtitles no longer are considered a deterrent at the multiplex. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Jan. 2024 The musical numbers, complete with drumsticks playing on high school lockers, show Paramount looking to hit the right notes and follow Wonka and The Color Purple to a better box office for movie musicals after the underwhelming performance at the multiplex for West Side Story and In The Heights. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Jan. 2024 The 2023 box office performance included around $8 million in revenue from alternative content, often music concert movies and sports broadcasts at the local multiplex, against about $5 million from the same category in 2022. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Jan. 2024 This year’s one-day event, which is designed to populate multiplexes and sell popcorn during the dog days of summer, accounted for $34 million in ticket sales. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 28 Aug. 2023 Across the country, theater owners and studio executives are trying to crack the question of what draws moviegoers back to the multiplex. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, 26 Nov. 2023 Billie Eilish, ‘What Was I Made For?’ Remember back in the summertime when everyone was taking selfies inside those giant Barbie boxes at the multiplex? Washington Post, 5 Dec. 2023 Jeff Logan, the owner of Logan Luxury Theatres, jokes that needing to show the same film for weeks to fill demand isn’t an issue in South Dakota, where his multiplexes are located. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 28 Nov. 2023 The exterior, another fully programmable screen, is five hundred and eighty thousand square feet, or roughly thirteen hundred times the size of the ones at your multiplex. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Latin

First Known Use

Adjective

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1885, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1982, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of multiplex was in 1606

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“Multiplex.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/multiplex. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

multiplex

1 of 2 adjective
mul·​ti·​plex ˈməl-tə-ˌpleks How to pronounce multiplex (audio)
1
2
: being or relating to a system of transmitting several messages simultaneously on the same circuit or channel

multiplex

2 of 2 noun
: a complex that houses several movie theaters

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