Definitions

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

  • adj. Chemistry Polyvalent.
  • adj. Genetics Of or relating to the association of three or more homologous chromosomes during the first division of meiosis.
  • adj. Immunology Having several sites of attachment for an antibody or antigen.
  • adj. Having various meanings or values: subtle, multivalent allegory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having more than one valency or having a valency greater than 3; polyvalent
  • adj. Having three or more homologous chromosomes during the first division of meiosis
  • adj. Having more than one attachment site for an antibody or antigen
  • adj. Having many meanings
  • n. Any multivalent chromosome.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj.
  • adj. Having a valence greater than one, as silicon.
  • adj. Having more than one degree of valence, as sulphur.
  • adj. Having multiple antigen-binding sites; -- of antibody molecules.
  • adj. Containing several types of antibody, to protect against more than one disease; polyvalent; -- of vaccines.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In chem., equivalent in combining or displacing power to a number of hydrogen or other monad atoms.

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

  • adj. having many values, meanings, or appeals
  • adj. having more than one valence, or having a valence of 3 or higher
  • adj. used of the association of three or more homologous chromosomes during the first division of meiosis

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Examples

  • For that matter, how "multivalent" is the fiction of, say, Virginia Woolf, one of the great pyschological realists?

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  • As for "multivalence": How multivalent is Hemingway's fiction?

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  • I remembered all these numbers, but all these can possibly cause cervical cancer, sort of the Holy Grail of this, to try and prevent as many cervical cancers as possible, is to produce something called a multivalent vaccine.

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  • For multivalent historical reasons, the phenomenon of a single common tongue has arisen for the most part organically within the global community that has begun to speak it.

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  • But this multivalent sense of the word free looks likely to shift.

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  • Into his head had come a new mantra, a jingle from a commercial on TV when he was growing up, a child of baseball fields and macadam basketball courts with their bent and rusted hoops and the intense otherworldly green of a New York summer, a green so multivalent and assertive it was like a promise of life to come.

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  • Then one can realize the multivalent value of such a book that a narrow reading cannot service.

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  • Author Trey Ellis -- unacknowledged in Post-Blackness -- made noise in 1989 with a seminal essay entitled "The New Black Aesthetic," citing the black rock band Fishbone, among others, as so-called cultural mulattoes who prove that blackness is much more multivalent than most people admit.

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