Meaning of MANIFOLD in English


I. ˈmanəˌfōld adjective

Etymology: Middle English manifold, manifald, from Old English manigfeald, from manig many + -feald -fold — more at many


a. : marked by diversity or variety : numerous and varied

performs the manifold duties required of him — J.H.Ferguson

reveal its manifold attractions for the visitor — London Calling

manifold industries put the city in line with other important industrial centers — Samuel Van Valkenburg & Ellsworth Huntington

b. : numerous , many

brought forth fruit manifold — J.G.Edwards

2. : comprehending or uniting various features, kinds, characteristics : multifarious

the romantic symphony, with its manifold melodic content — P.H.Lang

3. : being so in many ways : rightfully so-called for many reasons

a manifold liar

4. : consisting of many of one kind combined : operating many of one kind of object

a manifold bell pull

II. adverb

Etymology: Middle English manifold, manifald, from manifold, manifald, adjective

: many times : a great deal : manyfold

will increase your blessings manifold

III. noun

Etymology: Middle English manifold, manifald, from manifold, manifald, adjective

1. : something that is manifold: as

a. : a whole uniting or consisting of many diverse elements

the manifold of aspirations, passions, frustrations — Harry Slochower

the unspeakably rich manifold of goings-on — Erwin Schrödinger

bring into one picture the manifold of his character — John Buchan


[translation of German mannigfaltigkeit ]

Kantianism : the totality of unorganized experience as it is presented in sense

c. : a metal chest with many valves by which watertight compartments, pumps, and the drains may be so connected that any or all of the pumps may be used to pump out any compartment

d. : a pipe fitting with several lateral outlets for connecting one pipe with others ; specifically : exhaust manifold

e. : aggregate 5

2. dialect chiefly England : the third stomach of a ruminant — usually used in plural

IV. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: manifold (I)

transitive verb

1. : to make many or several copies of especially by the process of manifold writing

manifold a letter

2. : to make manifold : multiply

manifolded many times the work which could be done

3. : to collect or distribute (a fluid) or to assemble (as sources of supply) by means of a manifold

intransitive verb

: to make several or many copies (as of a manuscript) : do manifold writing

V. noun

1. : a mathematical set

2. : a topological space in which every point has a neighborhood that is homeomorphic to the interior of a sphere in euclidean space of the same number of dimensions

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