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mul·ti·form

 (mŭl′tə-fôrm′)
adj.
Occurring in or having many forms or shapes.

mul′ti·for′mi·ty (-fôr′mĭ-tē) n.

multiform

(ˈmʌltɪˌfɔːm)
adj
having many forms or kinds
multiformity n

mul•ti•form

(ˈmʌl təˌfɔrm)

adj.
having many shapes or kinds.
[1595–1605; < Latin multiformis. See multi-, -form]
mul`ti•for′mi•ty, n.
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Adj.1.multiform - occurring in or having many forms or shapes or appearances; "the multiform universe of nature and man"- John Dewey
uniform, unvarying - always the same; showing a single form or character in all occurrences; "a street of uniform tall white buildings"

multiform

adjective
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multiform

[ˈmʌltɪfɔːm] ADJmultiforme
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As I thus mused, with half-shut eyes, while the sun sank rapidly to rest, and eddying currents careered round and round the island, bearing upon their bosom large, dazzling, white flakes of the bark of the sycamore-flakes which, in their multiform positions upon the water, a quick imagination might have converted into any thing it pleased, while I thus mused, it appeared to me that the form of one of those very Fays about whom I had been pondering made its way slowly into the darkness from out the light at the western end of the island.
The men and women who live and move in that new world of his creation are as varied as life itself; they are kings and beggars, saints and lovers, great captains, poets, painters, musicians, priests and Popes, Jews, gipsies and dervishes, street-girls, princesses, dancers with the wicked [44] witchery of the daughter of Herodias, wives with the devotion of the wife of Brutus, joyous girls and malevolent grey-beards, statesmen, cavaliers, soldiers of humanity, tyrants and bigots, ancient sages and modern spiritualists, heretics, scholars, scoundrels, devotees, rabbis, persons of quality and men of low estate--men and women as multiform as nature or society has made them.
A really multiform man, with all the graces and all the accomplishments scintillating perpetually at his fingers' ends.
in the work of getting breakfast; for a breakfast in the luxurious valleys of Indiana is a thing complicated and multiform, and, like picking up the rose-leaves and trimming the bushes in Paradise, asking other hands than those of the original mother.
It is not, like the Cathedral of Bourges, the magnificent, light, multiform, tufted, bristling efflorescent product of the pointed arch.
During the period of my absence, short as it was, another change had passed over this most multiform of living beings.
I have hitherto sometimes spoken as if the variations--so common and multiform in organic beings under domestication, and in a lesser degree in those in a state of nature--had been due to chance.
To him, man was a being with myriad lives and myriad sensations, a complex multiform creature that bore within itself strange legacies of thought and passion, and whose very flesh was tainted with the monstrous maladies of the dead.
Inspired by an ecstatic prescience of the glories beyond the grave, we struggle by multiform combinations among the things and thoughts of Time to attain a portion of that Loveliness whose very elements perhaps appertain to eternity alone.
Has not the intemperate been censured of old, because in him the huge multiform monster is allowed to be too much at large?
These are not only manifold but multiform, and lie frequently among recesses of thought altogether inaccessible to the ordinary understanding.
Demonstrating how in the early days of cinema in the twentieth century, silent film incorporated the melodramatic techniques of vaudeville and burlesque theaters that supplied the first screen actors, Burningham shows how the comedia similarly corralled--in theaters constructed in courtyards where juglares had earlier performed--that multiform jongleuresque performance tradition in its multiple bill of fare.

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