Definitions

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

  • adj. Designed or used for several purposes: a multipurpose room; multipurpose software.

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  • adj. Having multiple uses.

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

  • adj. having multiple uses

Etymologies

multi- +‎ purpose (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They were one of the few airports that invested heavily in what they refer to as a multipurpose equipment'' early on, said Kashani, referring to the mammoth plows with blades, brooms, and blowers.

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  • For those interested in multipurpose kitchen products, a microplane can also be used to grate hard cheeses, like Parmesan, and to grate spices, like nutmeg.

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  • The Luna-class is Starfleet's newest-generation long-range explorer, a starship not built specifically for combat, but like the Constitution-class of the previous century, a vessel designed for a long-term multipurpose mission into uncharted space.

    TrekWeb - Browse, Bicker, and Boldly Go (Star Trek)

  • The Factoria Mall in Bellevue is currently losing many stores, but redevelopment will begin soon in the hopes of creating a more useful, long-term multipurpose community space.

    Boing Boing

  • He said this during a tour through the installation known as the multipurpose hall.

    CASTRO VISITS MULITPURPOSE HALL IN CAMAGUEY

  • Previously called multipurpose community centres, the Thusong centres provide government services - including information about grants, unemployment insurance and work opportunities - to the public.

    IOL: News

  • The vessel, McArthur, is described as a multipurpose unit designed to support military and law-enforcement training, peace-keeping and stability operations.

    The Head On Radio Network - Site Wide Activity

  • The parcel is currently known as the multipurpose field at Independent Hill, and is leased by the Park Authority from the county landfill, which is operated by Prince William Public Works.

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  • JVC also had a surprising announcement: In conjunction with the introduction of its new Falconbrid processor the same one in the new 3D model, the company unveiled a new high-speed "multipurpose" digital camera, although the company provided almost no details on what exactly made it multipurpose.

    CES 2011: JVC unveils Everio GS-TD1, its first 3D HD camcorder

  • He added that BusinessWeek was unable to "multipurpose" its editorial staff as Bloomberg can, which is another way of saying Bloomberg can fill the magazine with content generated by staff who also file for other parts of the organization such as Bloomberg News and the Asian and European broadcast outlets.

    'India: Powering Asia's Ascent'

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