Meaning of MULTIPLICITY in English

I. ˌməltəˈplisəd.ē, -ətē, -i noun

( -es )

Etymology: Middle French multiplicité, from Late Latin multiplicitat-, multiplicitas, from Latin multiplic-, multiplex multiple + -itat-, -itas -ity

1. : the quality or state of being multiple, manifold, or various : multiple or multiform character : multifariousness

try to reduce the incomprehensible multiplicity of the universe to a comprehensible simplicity — F.L.Mott

the multiplicity and heterogeneity of our environment — Hunter Mead

there is a vast multiplicity of duty for the squadron commander — H.H.Arnold & I.C.Eaker

2. : a great number

a multiplicity of interesting paths crossed the featureless land — E.E.Shipton

booklet is unfortunately marred by a multiplicity of minor errors — R.S.Churchill


a. : the number of components or sublevels in a given electronic multiple-energy state

b. : the number of components of a multiplet

II. noun

: the number of times a root of an equation or zero of a function occurs when there is more than one root or zero

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