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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 ?
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.
As I saw her through the great window, the sunshine flooded the landscape, which, however, was momentarily becoming eclipsed by an onrush of a myriad birds.
Nor could I hope to escape the lightning-like movements or hide from those myriad facet eyes which covered three-fourths of the hideous head, permitting the creature to see in all directions at one and the same time.
Today we do more than celebrate America, we rededicate ourselves to the very idea of America, an idea born in revolution, and renewed through two centuries of challenge, an idea tempered by the knowledge that but for fate, we, the fortunate and the unfortunate, might have been each other; an idea ennobled by the faith that our nation can summon from its myriad diversity, the deepest measure of unity; an idea infused with the conviction that America's journey long, heroic journey must go forever upward.
As I stood thus meditating, I turned my gaze from the landscape to the heavens where the myriad stars formed a gorgeous and fitting canopy for the wonders of the earthly scene.
There is the rustle of the myriad animals on the beach, all the little shelled things that crawl about ceaselessly, and there is the noisy scurrying of the land-crabs.
He thought of his desire to make a design, intricate and beautiful, out of the myriad, meaningless facts of life: had he not seen also that the simplest pattern, that in which a man was born, worked, married, had children, and died, was likewise the most perfect?
The perfect swarm of busily engaged persons moving about noiselessly; the multitude of guests, - who were, however, even less numerous than the servants who waited on them, - the myriad of exquisitely prepared dishes, of gold and silver vases; the floods of dazzling light, the masses of unknown flowers of which the hot-houses had been despoiled, redundant with luxuriance of unequaled scent and beauty; the perfect harmony of the surroundings, which, indeed, was no more than the prelude of the promised
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.