- The definition of manifold is something that has many parts or facets.
An example of manifold used as an adjective is the phrase manifold reasons for poverty which refers to the many diverse and complex situtions which cause poverty.
manifold definition by Webster's New World
- having many and various forms, features, parts, etc.: manifold wisdom
- of many sorts; many and varied; multifarious: used with a plural noun: manifold duties
- being such in many and various ways or for many reasons: a manifold villain
- comprising, consisting of, or operating several units or parts of one kind: said of certain devices
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English manigfeald: see many and amp; -fold
- something that is manifold
- a pipe with one inlet and several outlets or with one outlet and several inlets, for connecting with other pipes, as, in an automobile, for conducting exhausts from each cylinder into a single exhaust pipe
- to make manifold; multiply
- to make more than one copy of: to manifold a letter with carbon paper
manifold definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Many and varied; of many kinds; multiple: our manifold failings.
- Having many features or forms: manifold intelligence.
- Being such for a variety of reasons: a manifold traitor.
- Consisting of or operating several devices of one kind at the same time.
- A whole composed of diverse elements.
- One of several copies.
- A pipe or chamber having multiple apertures for making connections.
- Mathematics A topological space or surface.
- To make several copies of, as with carbon paper.
- To make manifold; multiply.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English manigfeald : manig, many; see many + -feald, -fald, -fold.
- manˈi·foldˌly adverb
- manˈi·foldˌness noun
manifold - Science Definition