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mul·ti·plic·i·ty

 (mŭl′tə-plĭs′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. mul·ti·plic·i·ties
1. The state of being various or manifold: the multiplicity of architectural styles on that street.
2. A large number: a multiplicity of ideas.

[Middle English, from Old French multiplicite, from Late Latin multiplicitās, from multiplex, various; see multiplex.]

mul′ti·plic′i·tous adj.

multiplicity

(ˌmʌltɪˈplɪsɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. a large number or great variety
2. the state of being multiple
3. (General Physics) physics
a. the number of levels into which the energy of an atom, molecule, or nucleus splits as a result of coupling between orbital angular momentum and spin angular momentum
b. the number of elementary particles in a multiplet

mul•ti•plic•i•ty

(ˌmʌl təˈplɪs ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. a large number.
2. the state of being multiplex or manifold; manifold variety.
[1580–90; < Late Latin multiplicitās= Latin multiplic- multiplex + -itās -ity]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.multiplicity - the property of being multiple
magnitude - the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small); "they tried to predict the magnitude of the explosion"; "about the magnitude of a small pea"
2.multiplicity - a large number
number, figure - the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals; "he had a number of chores to do"; "the number of parameters is small"; "the figure was about a thousand"
multitudinousness - a very large number (especially of people)

multiplicity

noun number, lot, host, mass, variety, load (informal), pile (informal), ton, stack, diversity, heap (informal), array, abundance, myriad, profusion a writer who uses a multiplicity of styles

multiplicity

noun
1. The quality of being made of many different elements, forms, kinds, or individuals:
Biology: polymorphism.
2. An indeterminately great amount or number:
jillion, million (often used in plural), ream, trillion.
Informal: bushel, gob (often used in plural), heap (often used in plural), load (often used in plural), lot, oodles, passel, peck, scad (often used in plural), slew, wad, zillion.
Translations

multiplicity

[ˌmʌltɪˈplɪsɪtɪ] Nmultiplicidad f
for a multiplicity of reasonspor múltiples razones
a multiplicity of solutionsuna gran diversidad or variedad de soluciones

multiplicity

[ˌmʌltɪˈplɪsɪti] nmultiplicité f
a multiplicity of ... → un grand nombre de ...

multiplicity

nVielzahl f, → Fülle f; for a multiplicity of reasonsaus vielerlei Gründen

multiplicity

[ˌmʌltɪˈplɪsɪtɪ] nmolteplicità f inv
for a multiplicity of reasons → per una serie di ragioni
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It consists in the one case in the multiplicity of interests, and in the other in the multiplicity of sects.
Again, the poet should remember what has been often said, and not make an Epic structure into a Tragedy--by an Epic structure I mean one with a multiplicity of plots--as if, for instance, you were to make a tragedy out of the entire story of the Iliad.
An ancient Hawaiian war-club or spear-paddle, in its full multiplicity and elaboration of carving, is as great a trophy of human perseverance as a Latin lexicon.
And without considering the multiplicity and complexity of the conditions any one of which taken separately may seem to be the cause, he snatches at the first approximation to a cause that seems to him intelligible and says: "This is the cause
Of the rushing couples there could barely be discerned more than the high lights--the indistinctness shaping them to satyrs clasping nymphs--a multiplicity of Pans whirling a multiplicity of Syrinxes; Lotis attempting to elude Priapus, and always failing.
While Becky Sharp was on her own wing in the country, hopping on all sorts of twigs, and amid a multiplicity of traps, and pecking up her food quite harmless and successful, Amelia lay snug in her home of Russell Square; if she went into the world, it was under the guidance of the elders; nor did it seem that any evil could befall her or that opulent cheery comfortable home in which she was affectionately sheltered.
And, indeed, as to the young gentleman, I never saw him but once, when I carried him the news of the loss of his mother; and then I was so hurried, and drove, and tore with the multiplicity of business, that I had hardly time to converse with him; but he looked so like a very honest gentleman, and behaved himself so prettily, that I protest I never was more delighted with any gentleman since I was born.
The feet themselves were heavily padded and nailless, which fact had also contributed to the noiselessness of their approach, and, in common with a multiplicity of legs, is a characteristic feature of the fauna of Mars.
They took a slight survey of all; and Catherine was impressed, beyond her expectation, by their multiplicity and their convenience.
The multiplicity of man-gods on the teeming sidewalks became a real bore to Michael, so that man-gods, in general, underwent a sharp depreciation.
And I'm afraid that with such a multiplicity of these bodies, they'll end in being a mere form.
A strange multiplicity of sensations seized me, and I saw, felt, heard, and smelt at the same time; and it was, indeed, a long time before I learned to distinguish between the operations of my various senses.