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

  • adj. Divided into many parts.
  • adj. Involving more than two nations or parties; multilateral.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Divided into multiple parts
  • adj. Involving multiple nations; multilateral
  • adj. Describing a system of three or more entangled quantum states

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Divided into many parts; having several parts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Divided or cleft into many parts; having several parts; multifid.

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

  • adj. involving more than two parties


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  • 1 Probably intended for "multipartite" — Biddle gives it as "polipartite." —

    Original journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804-1806

  • And for all of the flaws in our government I am far more at ease with a multipartite system.

    Ignatieff, Fork, Done

  • The council resolved that where structures were non-existent, national centres should influence their governments to establish formal multipartite structures for broad-based participation in socio-economic issues.

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  • If, then, there is something else which makes the soul one, this unifying agency would have the best right to the name of soul, and we shall have to repeat for it the question: Is it one or multipartite?

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  • "Technically the Hare virus is a multipartite, stealth, slow polymorphic virus which makes it particularly destructitve."

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  • At the regional and local levels, however, the multipartite effects described in this subsection are definitly noticeable.

    8. Economic analysis and socioeconomic evaluation

  • It would be a mistake for any multipartite approach to the economy to try and limit the counter-balancing affect of that reality.

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  • Soon the conference took on the character, which was to be a recurrent feature of the "bunker period," of a hysterical multipartite shouting match.


  • The inflorescence corresponds almost exactly to the ornament, but the multipartite leaf has also had a particular influence upon its development and upon that of several collateral forms which I cannot now discuss.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 460, October 25, 1884

  • "This is remarkable in a biological or disordered system at physiological temperatures, and illustrates that non-equilibrium multipartite entanglement can exist for relatively long times, even in highly decoherent environments." - latest science and technology news stories


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