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myr·i·ad

 (mĭr′ē-əd)
adj.
1. Constituting a very large, indefinite number; innumerable: the myriad fish in the ocean.
2. Composed of numerous diverse elements or facets: the myriad life of the metropolis.
n.
1. A large, indefinite number: a myriad of microorganisms in the pond; myriads of stars in the galaxy.
2. Archaic Ten thousand.

[Greek mūrias, mūriad-, ten thousand, from mūrios, countless.]
Usage Note: Throughout most of its history in English myriad was used as a noun, as in a myriad of reasons. In the 1800s, it began to be used in poetry as an adjective, as in myriad dreams. Both usages in English are acceptable, as in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Myriad myriads of lives." This poetic, adjectival use became so well entrenched generally that many people came to consider it as the only correct use. In fact, however, both uses are acceptable today.

myriad

(ˈmɪrɪəd)
adj
innumerable
n
1. (also used in plural) a large indefinite number
2. archaic ten thousand
[C16: via Late Latin from Greek murias ten thousand]

myr•i•ad

(ˈmɪr i əd)

n.
1. an indefinitely great number of persons or things.
2. ten thousand.
adj.
3. of an indefinitely great number; innumerable.
4. having innumerable phases, aspects, variations, etc.
[1545–55; < Greek mȳriad-, s. of mȳriás ten thousand]

Myriad

 a countless mumber of persons, animals, or things; specifically, a group of 10,000.
Examples: myriad eyes, 1830; of horses, 1803; of lambs, 1817; of lives, 1800; of men, 1555; of people, 1660; of precedent, 1860; of sundry cases, 1570.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.myriad - a large indefinite number; "he faced a myriad of details"
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
2.myriad - the cardinal number that is the product of ten and one thousandmyriad - the cardinal number that is the product of ten and one thousand
large integer - an integer equal to or greater than ten
Adj.1.myriad - too numerous to be countedmyriad - too numerous to be counted; "incalculable riches"; "countless hours"; "an infinite number of reasons"; "innumerable difficulties"; "the multitudinous seas"; "myriad stars"; "untold thousands"
incalculable - not capable of being computed or enumerated

myriad

noun
1. multitude, millions, scores, host, thousands, army, sea, mountain, flood, a million, a thousand, swarm, horde They face a myriad of problems bringing up children.
adjective
1. innumerable, countless, untold, incalculable, immeasurable, a thousand and one, multitudinous pop culture in all its myriad forms

myriad

adjective
Amounting to or consisting of a large, indefinite number:
Idiom: quite a few.
Translations
miríada
myriade
loendamatu
lukematonlukematon määrälukuisamyriadisuunnaton määrä
aragrúimýgrúturógrynniótalurmull
een groot aantal
vạn

myriad

[ˈmɪrɪəd] (frm)
A. ADJ a myriad fliesun sinnúmero or una miríada de moscas
B. Nmiríada f
the myriad of problems we facela miríada de problemas a la que nos enfrentamos

myriad

[ˈmɪriəd]
nmyriade f
a myriad of problems → une myriade de problèmes
adj (= countless) → innombrable
in all its myriad forms → sous toutes ses diverses formes

myriad

nMyriade f; a myriad ofMyriaden von
adj (= innumerable)unzählige

myriad

[ˈmɪrɪəd] nmiriade f
References in classic literature ?
But still I acknowledge that I am perplexed when I hear the voices of Thrasymachus and myriads of others dinning in my ears; and, on the other hand, I have never yet heard the superiority of justice to injustice maintained by any one in a satisfactory way.
As the buffalo in countless throngs find their certain way in the transient pasturage on the prairies, along the fresh banks of the rivers, and up every valley and green defile of the mountains, so the salmon, at their allotted seasons, regulated by a sublime and all-seeing Providence, swarm in myriads up the great rivers, and find their way up their main branches, and into the minutest tributory streams; so as to pervade the great arid plains, and to penetrate even among barren mountains.
It was at the time of the ripening rice, and the myriads of birds which came to feed on the coming crop was a serious menace, not only to the district, but to the country at large.
Thus did the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy-five conduct their Greatnesses, and myriads of small creatures--the creatures of this chronicle among the rest--along the roads that lay before them.
There was no little cunning in this proposal, which indeed emanated not from any Isosceles -- for no being so degraded would have had angularity enough to appreciate, much less to devise, such a model of state-craft -- but from an Irregular Circle who, instead of being destroyed in his childhood, was reserved by a foolish indulgence to bring desolation on his country and destruction on myriads of his followers.
An observer endued with an infinite range of vision, and placed in that unknown center around which the entire world revolves, might have beheld myriads of atoms filling all space during the chaotic epoch of the universe.
No, my boy; and the whiteness which surprises you is caused only by the presence of myriads of infusoria, a sort of luminous little worm, gelatinous and without colour, of the thickness of a hair, and whose length is not more than seven-thousandths of an inch.
These myriads of cows stretching under her eyes from the far east to the far west outnumbered any she had ever seen at one glance before.
Ah, by no wind those clouds are driven That rustle through the unquiet Heaven Uneasily, from morn till even, Over the violets there that lie In myriad types of the human eye - Over the lilies there that wave And weep above a nameless grave
The god of Kwaque and Michael was a living god, whose voice could be always heard, whose arms could be always warm, the pulse of whose heart could be always felt throbbing in a myriad acts and touches.
After all, as you know well, man is a flux of states of consciousness, a flow of passing thoughts, each thought of self another self, a myriad thoughts, a myriad selves, a continual becoming but never being, a will-of-the-wisp flitting of ghosts in ghostland.
for I have heard How, when the Ch`is and Weis embattled rose Along the frontier, when the Chings and Hans Gathered their multitudes, a myriad leagues Of utter weariness they trod.