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Meaning of manifold

man•i•fold

Pronunciation: (man'u-fōld"), [key]
— adj.
  1. of many kinds; numerous and varied: manifold duties.
  2. having numerous different parts, elements, features, forms, etc.: a manifold program for social reform.
  3. using, functioning with, or operating several similar or identical devices at the same time.
  4. (of paper business forms) made up of a number of sheets interleaved with carbon paper.
  5. being such or so designated for many reasons: a manifold enemy.
—n.
  1. something having many different parts or features.
  2. a copy or facsimile, as of something written, such as is made by manifolding.
  3. any thin, inexpensive paper for making carbon copies on a typewriter.
  4. a chamber having several outlets through which a liquid or gas is distributed or gathered.
  5. (in Kantian epistemology) the totality of discrete items of experience as presented to the mind; the constituents of a sensory experience.
  6. a topological space that is connected and locally Euclidean. Cf.
—v.t.
  1. to make copies of, as with carbon paper.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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