multiverse

noun
mul·​ti·​verse | \ ˈməl-tē-ˌvərs How to pronounce multiverse (audio) \

Definition of multiverse

cosmology
: a theoretical reality that includes a possibly infinite number of parallel universes

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Romance is an underrated element of the Black Mirror multiverse. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Black Mirror: The Weird, Intriguing Intimacy of ‘Striking Vipers’," 5 June 2019 So far, these obstacles have thwarted attempts to explain the tiny weight of empty space without resorting to a multiverse lottery. Quanta Magazine, "Why the Tiny Weight of Empty Space Is Such a Huge Mystery," 12 Mar. 2018 And with each of the different multiverse characters embodying their own genres, there are plenty of different gags to play with. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is dazzling, hilarious, and unique," 14 Dec. 2018 Alternate timelines—and specifically, the Many Worlds version of a multiverse—are a direct consequence of a literal interpretation of quantum mechanics. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "At last! Marvel finally drops first trailer for Avengers: Endgame," 7 Dec. 2018 Proponents of string and multiverse models tout their mathematical elegance, but strings are too small and multiverses too distant to be detected by any conceivable experiment. John Horgan, WSJ, "‘Brief Answers to the Big Questions’ and ‘On the Future’ Review: Serious Doubt on Serious Earth," 18 Oct. 2018 Eternal inflation has been used to support the idea of a multiverse, or multiple universes beyond our own. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Stephen Hawking's Final Theory of the Universe Has Been Published," 2 May 2018 Season 3 devotes significantly more time to exploring the series’ multiverse, where some people can travel between different worlds that are mostly defined by which faction won World War II. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Season 3 of The Man in the High Castle doubles down on science fiction — and stumbles," 27 Sep. 2018 However, many scientific models allow for the existence of a vast ensemble of universes called the multiverse, which might include places where the laws of physics differ. Charles Q. Choi, Space.com, "Why Alternate Universes Might Also Host Life Around their Stars," 26 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of multiverse

1963, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for multiverse

multi- + universe

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