from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Many and varied; of many kinds; multiple: our manifold failings.
- adj. Having many features or forms: manifold intelligence.
- adj. Being such for a variety of reasons: a manifold traitor.
- adj. Consisting of or operating several devices of one kind at the same time.
- n. A whole composed of diverse elements.
- n. One of several copies.
- n. A pipe or chamber having multiple apertures for making connections.
- n. Mathematics A topological space or surface.
- transitive v. To make several copies of, as with carbon paper.
- transitive v. To make manifold; multiply.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make manifold; multiply.
- v. To multiply or reproduce impressions of by a single operation.
- n. A copy made by the manifold writing process.
- n. A pipe fitting or similar device that connects multiple inputs or outputs.
- n. The third stomach of a ruminant animal, an omasum.
- n. A topological space that looks locally like the "ordinary" Euclidean space and is Hausdorff.
- adj. Various in kind or quality; many in number; numerous; multiplied; complicated; diverse.
- adj. Exhibited at diverse times or in various ways.
- adv. Many times; repeatedly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Various in kind or quality; many in number; numerous; multiplied; complicated.
- adj. Exhibited at divers times or in various ways; -- used to qualify nouns in the singular number.
- n. A copy of a writing made by the manifold process.
- n. A cylindrical pipe fitting, having a number of lateral outlets, for connecting one pipe with several others.
- n. The third stomach of a ruminant animal.
- transitive v. To take copies of by the process of manifold writing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of many kinds; numerous in kind or variety; varied; diverse.
- Exhibiting or embracing many points, features, or characteristics; complicated in character; having many parts or relations: used with nouns in the singular number: as, the manifold wisdom or the manifold grace of God (Eph. iii. 10; 1 Pet. iv. 10); “the manifold use of friendship,”
- n. A complicated object or subject; that which consists of many and various parts; specifically, an aggregate of particulars or units; especially, in mathematics, a multitude of objects connected by a system of relations; an ensemble.
- n. In Kant's theory of knowledge, the total of the particulars furnished by sense before they are connected by the synthesis of the understanding; that which is in the sense and has not yet been in thought.
- n. A copy or facsimile made by means of a manifold-writer, or by the use of carbon-paper in a type-writer, etc.
- n. A tube, usually of cast metal, with one or more flanged or screw-threaded inlets and two or more flanged or screw-threaded outlets for pipe-connections, much used in pipe-fitting for steam-heating coils, or for cooling-coils in breweries, and in other cases where it is useful to convey steam, water, or air from a large pipe into several smaller ones. Also called T-branch and header.
- Many times; in multiplied number or quantity.
- To make manifold; multiply; specifically, to multiply impressions of by a single operation, as a letter by means of a manifold-writer, or by the use of carbon-paper in a type-writer.
- n. In mathematics, given a general conception capable of various determinations or determination-modes, the totality of the determinable particulars is a manifold, of which each is an element. The manifold is continuous or discrete, according as the passage from one determination to another is continuous or discrete.
- n. Same as manifold-valve.
- n. The third stomach of a ruminant; the manyplies; the intestines generally.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. combine or increase by multiplication
- v. make multiple copies of
- n. a pipe that has several lateral outlets to or from other pipes
- n. a lightweight paper used with carbon paper to make multiple copies
- adj. many and varied; having many features or forms
- n. a set of points such as those of a closed surface or an analogue in three or more dimensions
Middle English, from Old English manigfeald : manig, many; see many + -feald, -fald, -fold.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English manifolden, from Old English maniġfealdan ("to multiply, abound, increase, extend, reward"), equivalent to many + -fold. Cognate with Middle High German manecvalten, Icelandic margfalda ("to multiply"), Swedish mångfaldiga ("to manifold, reproduce"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English, from Old English maniġfeald ("manifold, various, varied, complicated, numerous, abundant, plural"), from Proto-Germanic *managaz (“many”) + *-falþaz (“-fold”), equivalent to many + -fold. Cognate with Middle High German manecvalt ("manifold"), Icelandic margfaldr ("multiple"). Compare also German mannigfaltig ("various"), Dutch menigvoudig ("various"), Danish mangfoldig ("diverse"), Swedish mångfaldig ("multiple, manifold, diverse"). (Wiktionary)