Definition of manifold in English:

manifold

adjective

formal, literary
  • 1Many and various:

    ‘the implications of this decision were manifold’
    • ‘Marber may or may not be a poker player, but he understands that the competitiveness and stoicism of the card table opens up manifold opportunities for exploring the male psyche.’
    • ‘The sonnet is probably the most durable of poetic forms, flexible yet sufficiently ordered to provide both infinite variety and a high level of unity in its manifold expressions.’
    • ‘Faber unveils the manifold hypocrisies at every layer of that society in the context of a story that builds to a thunderous climax while leaving ajar the door to a possible sequel.’
    • ‘Nor are the unions, with their manifold grievances, going to be placated by a couple of sentences.’
    • ‘I caught the newsreader saying, ‘We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness’.’
    • ‘The report will provide the most detailed and authoritative account so far of the manifold threats to Scotland's wildlife.’
    • ‘After her husband's premature death from a suspected brain haemorrhage Maria became one of her son's main props, helping him to cope with the manifold pressures of a revolutionary's life.’
    • ‘All that acknowledging and bewailing of the manifold sins of wickedness made this extended act of contrition a bit of a downer.’
    • ‘The manifold deficiencies were expected and easily borne.’
    • ‘These reasons alone are sufficient for us to continue extending helping hands to Africa, no matter how long it may take to solve the continent's manifold problems.’
    • ‘If anything, this should motivate those of us who can see the manifold difficulties with the current multicultural ideology to critique it with even greater vigour and clear thought and to refuse to be silenced.’
    • ‘And it has done almost nothing to demonstrate the manifold benefits to Britain from immigration, even in its current, not especially well organised form.’
    • ‘Work in your communities, offering your manifold skills to groups that need them.’
    • ‘Sound is used inventively, in manifold relationships to image, to suggest an active interplay between the conscious and unconscious.’
    • ‘Such breakthroughs could lead to manifold benefits.’
    • ‘We do not need to repeat the manifold examples of non-payment of water bills to town councils, with things then going from bad to worse.’
    • ‘Capitalism may work manifold miracles, but they don't include meeting essential social needs such as housing and health care.’
    • ‘To the great benefit of Kozloff's criticism, he does not eliminate the manifold ways of discussing photographs nor overly narrow his concerns.’
    • ‘The investigation, which was mothballed after only 12 weeks, was also severely criticised for manifold failures and fatal delays.’
    • ‘For all his manifold flaws and for all the persistent rumours about his drinking, his approach mirrors the fundamental problem at the heart of his party.’
    many, numerous, multiple, multifarious, multitudinous, multiplex, legion, diverse, various, several, varied, different, miscellaneous, assorted, sundry, copious, abundant
    myriad, divers
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    1. 1.1 Having many different forms or elements:
      ‘the appeal of the crusade was manifold’
      • ‘This address can take several forms, in keeping with the manifold diversity of writings that constitute the Bible.’
      • ‘Womanhood, according to the theory, is a manifold phenomenon as different women live and behave differently in different circumstances and conditions.’
      • ‘In such a manner we acquire manifold, thorough, and even useful knowledge about how philosophy has been presented in the course of history.’
      many, numerous, multiple, multifarious, multitudinous, multiplex, legion, diverse, various, several, varied, different, miscellaneous, assorted, sundry, copious, abundant
      myriad, divers
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noun

  • 1A pipe or chamber branching into several openings:

    ‘US aircraft attacked the pipeline manifold feeding the Sea Island’
    • ‘Liquid is pumped to each atomizer on the boom via a separate manifold attached to the boom.’
    • ‘The first modular manifold receives each of the high purity fluid streams at a corresponding porting aperture.’
    • ‘In everyday parlance, a manifold is a pipe or chamber bristling with subsidiary tubes.’
    • ‘Each has eight removable growing barrels with an electric water pump and manifold.’
    • ‘A fluid delivery manifold and a method of manufacturing a fluid delivery manifold is provided.’
    1. 1.1 (in an internal combustion engine) the part conveying air and fuel from the carburettor to the cylinders or that leading from the cylinders to the exhaust pipe:
      ‘the exhaust manifold’
      • ‘Granted, I don't know an intake manifold from a fuel injector, but I bought into their portrayal.’
      • ‘The exhaust manifold and the muffler connect through the front tube pipe.’
      • ‘This eliminates the need for multiple manifolds, and bar coding matches the right throttle body with the right engine.’
      • ‘The oil pan, exhaust manifolds and transmission housing have been reinforced with ribs for added strength.’
      • ‘Catalytic converters are being mounted closer to the engines to improve their performance and exhaust manifolds are being integrated into cylinder heads.’
  • 2Mathematics
    A collection of points forming a certain kind of set, such as those of a topologically closed surface or an analogue of this in three or more dimensions.

    • ‘Included in the intermediate chapters are introductions to differentiable manifolds and Lie groups.’
    • ‘It contains the first proper definition of a differentiable manifold.’
    • ‘Topology is the mathematical discipline concerned with surfaces or manifolds in higher dimensions.’
    • ‘In other words, the idea that physical principles are those we think of in terms of a Cartesian manifold, is a fallacy.’
    • ‘My primary interest in geometry is for the light it sheds on the topology of manifolds.’

Origin

Old English manigfeald; current noun senses date from the mid 19th century.

Pronunciation:

manifold

/ˈmanɪfəʊld/