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
It gives us almost everything the imagination craves – irony, heroism, vastness, unity in multiplicity, and a tragic close.
When your personal multiplicity is printed on your face, in an almost too obviously thematic manner, in your DNA, in your hair and in the neither this nor that beige of your skin — well, anyone can see you come from Dream City.
The thought was developed more clearly in the seventeenth century by Robert Boyle; according to him, all bodies consist of one and the same primitive material; their varying multiplicity is due to the different size and shape of the small parts or corpuscles, to their different states of rest or movement.
This exaggeration of the function of education expressed by the word multiplicity deserves a little consideration, for it would appear that our educationists overlook the fact that the organism with which they have to deal is going through the most critical period of its existence.
It’s just amazing how readily we’ll tear each other down for doing whatever works for our families; it’s like multiplicity is a completely unheard-of concept in parenting.
Cocksworth (1991) and Douglas (2006) argue that Anglican eucharistic theology is characterized by multiformity, that is, a multiplicity of views with many voices actually competing against each other.
The stories which selected in this series with the idea of multiplicity reflected in this way.
Faced with the dual challenge of forging a national identity out of peoples who speak a multiplicity of languages and of enabling their nationals to effectively participate in the international arena, most states have opted to retain colonial languages - English,
Independently of the fact that in most cases in ordinary camp-life there was no reason why these orders should not have issued in business hours, their multiplicity was a nuisance.
UNINTERRUPTEDNESS of any object, thro a supposd variation of time, by which the mind can trace it in the different periods of its existence, without any break of the view, and without being obligd to form the idea of multiplicity or number.