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