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1. Many and varied; of many kinds; multiple: our manifold failings.
2. Having many features or forms: manifold intelligence.
3. Being such for a variety of reasons: a manifold traitor.
4. Consisting of or operating several devices of one kind at the same time.
1. A whole composed of diverse elements.
2. One of several copies.
3. A pipe or chamber having multiple apertures for making connections.
4. Mathematics A topological space in which each point has a neighborhood that is equivalent to a neighborhood in Euclidean space. The surface of a sphere is a two-dimensional manifold because the neighborhood of each point is equivalent to a part of the plane.
tr.v. man·i·fold·ed, man·i·fold·ing, man·i·folds
1. To make several copies of, as with carbon paper.
2. To make manifold; multiply.
[Middle English, from Old English manigfeald : manig, many; see many + -feald, -fald, -fold.]
1. of several different kinds; multiple: manifold reasons.
2. having many different forms, features, or elements: manifold breeds of dog.
3. something having many varied parts, forms, or features
4. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a copy of a page, book, etc
5. (General Engineering) a chamber or pipe with a number of inlets or outlets used to collect or distribute a fluid. In an internal-combustion engine the inlet manifold carries the vaporized fuel from the carburettor to the inlet ports and the exhaust manifold carries the exhaust gases away
6. (Mathematics) maths
a. a collection of objects or a set
b. a topological space having specific properties
7. (Philosophy) (in the philosophy of Kant) the totality of the separate elements of sensation which are then organized by the active mind and conceptualized as a perception of an external object
8. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) (tr) to duplicate (a page, book, etc)
9. to make manifold; multiply
[Old English manigfeald. See many, -fold]
1. of many kinds; numerous and varied: manifold duties.
2. having numerous different parts, features, or forms: a manifold social program.
3. using or operating similar or identical devices at the same time.
4. being such for many reasons: a manifold enemy.n.
5. something having many different parts or features.
6. a carbon copy; facsimile.
7. a pipe or fitting with several openings for funneling the flow of liquids or gases, as in the exhaust system of an automobile engine.
8. a set of elements having in common a number of topologic properties.adv.
9. very much; in great measure: to multiply burdens manifold.v.t.
10. to make copies of, as with carbon paper.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English manigf(e)ald]
syn: See many.
Past participle: manifolded
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|Noun||1.||manifold - a pipe that has several lateral outlets to or from other pipes|
exhaust manifold - a manifold that receives exhaust gases from the cylinders and conducts them to the exhaust pipe
inlet manifold - manifold that carries vaporized fuel from the carburetor to the inlet valves of the cylinders
intake manifold - a manifold consisting of a pipe to carry fuel to each cylinder in an internal-combustion engine
|2.||manifold - a lightweight paper used with carbon paper to make multiple copies; "an original and two manifolds"|
paper - a material made of cellulose pulp derived mainly from wood or rags or certain grasses
|3.||manifold - a set of points such as those of a closed surface or an analogue in three or more dimensions|
|Verb||1.||manifold - make multiple copies of; "multiply a letter"|
|2.||manifold - combine or increase by multiplication; "He managed to multiply his profits"|
increase - make bigger or more; "The boss finally increased her salary"; "The university increased the number of students it admitted"
quadruple - increase fourfold; "His stock earning quadrupled"
quintuple - increase fivefold; "The population of China quintupled"
proliferate - cause to grow or increase rapidly; "We must not proliferate nuclear arms"
|Adj.||1.||manifold - many and varied; having many features or forms; "manifold reasons"; "our manifold failings"; "manifold intelligence"; "the multiplex opportunities in high technology"|
multiple - having or involving or consisting of more than one part or entity or individual; "multiple birth"; "multiple ownership"; "made multiple copies of the speech"; "his multiple achievements in public life"; "her multiple personalities"; "a pineapple is a multiple fruit"