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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state of being various or manifold: the multiplicity of architectural styles on that street.
  • n. A large number: a multiplicity of ideas.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the state of being made of multiple diverse elements
  • n. the number of values for which a given condition holds
  • n. a large indeterminate number
  • n. The number of instances that can occur on a given end of a relationship, including 0..1, 1, 0..* or *, and 1..*.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being multiple, manifold, or various; a state of being many; a multitude.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being multiplex or manifold or various; the condition of being numerous.
  • n. Many of the same kind; a large number.
  • n. In mathematics, the number of times an object ought to be counted for the sake of regularity. Thus, a zero of a function has a multiplicity of two, if it ought to be regarded as a union of two zeros. This will be shown on a conform representation by the whole circuit of longitude being twice traversed in going round such a point once.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of being multiple
  • n. a large number

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French multiplicite, from Late Latin multiplicitās, from multiplex, various; see multiplex.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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