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manifold

See also: -manifold

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Particularly: “not all senses are pronounced the same in my (US) accent, certainly not all homophones of manyfold”
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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English, from Old English maniġfeald (manifold, various, varied, complicated, numerous, abundant, plural), from Proto-Germanic *managaz (many) + *-falþaz (-fold), equivalent to many +‎ -fold. Cognate with Middle High German manecvalt (manifold), Icelandic margfaldr (multiple). Compare also German mannigfaltig (various), Dutch menigvoudig (various), Danish mangfoldig (diverse), Swedish mångfaldig (multiple, manifold, diverse).

NounEdit

manifold (plural manifolds)

  1. (now historical) A copy made by the manifold writing process.
  2. (mechanics) A pipe fitting or similar device that connects multiple inputs or outputs.
  3. (US, regional, in the plural) The third stomach of a ruminant animal, an omasum.
    • 1830 Anson, Somerset Co. Me., accessed 12 June 2007
      My conjecture being right he will find the third stomach, or manifolds, the seat of difficulty.
  4. (mathematics) A topological space that looks locally like the "ordinary" Euclidean space \mathbb{R}^n and is Hausdorff.
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AdjectiveEdit

manifold (comparative more manifold, superlative most manifold)

  1. Various in kind or quality, diverse
    The manifold meanings of the simple English word 'set' are infamous among dictionary makers.
  2. Many in number, numerous; multiple, multiplied.
  3. Complicated.
  4. Exhibited at diverse times or in various ways.
    c1384 ... the manyfold grace of God. — I Petre 4:10 (Wycliffe's Bible)
    1611 The manifold wisdom of God.Ephesians 3:10. (w:King James Bible)
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manifold (comparative more manifold, superlative most manifold)

  1. Many times; repeatedly.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.xii:
      when his daughter deare he does behold, / Her dearely doth imbrace, and kisseth manifold.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English manifolden, from Old English maniġfealdan (to multiply, abound, increase, extend, reward), equivalent to many +‎ -fold. Cognate with Middle High German manecvalten, Icelandic margfalda (to multiply), Swedish mångfaldiga (to manifold, reproduce).

VerbEdit

manifold (third-person singular simple present manifolds, present participle manifolding, simple past and past participle manifolded)

  1. (transitive) To make manifold; multiply.
  2. (transitive, printing) To multiply or reproduce impressions of by a single operation.
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