mul·​ti·​stage ˈməl-tē-ˌstāj How to pronounce multistage (audio)
: having successive operating stages
especially : having propulsion units that operate in turn
multistage rockets
: conducted by or occurring in stages
a multistage investigation

Examples of multistage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The two missile-engine tests at Sohae - a facility that Kim had pledged to dismantle - sparked speculation that North Korea is preparing to unveil a more powerful, multistage rocket to launch satellites into space. Joby Warrick, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Dec. 2019 The multistage rockets can now hit the lower 48 states, and there was a legitimate military threat that brought them to the table. Fox News, 13 June 2018 So the cactus has evolved a multistage approach to photosynthesis. Natalie Angier, New York Times, 24 Apr. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of multistage was in 1904

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“Multistage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


mul·​ti·​stage ˈməl-ti-ˌstāj How to pronounce multistage (audio)
: operating in or involving two or more stages
a multistage rocket
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