Definition of multimedia in US English:



  • 1(of art, education, etc.) using more than one medium of expression or communication.

    ‘a multimedia art form’
    • ‘For me, art has always been a multimedia thing, about communication.’
    • ‘The predominance of multimedia art in Korea is due largely to the environment in which it is being created.’
    • ‘The new venture involves the provision of a Media Lab and multimedia learning throughout the school.’
    • ‘Is it a college nearby with a strong curriculum for multimedia training and development?’
    • ‘It is a mix of unique live performances coupled with digital and multimedia art, which flow into each other.’
    • ‘Some posters are photographs of behavioural art, sculptures, and multimedia works.’
    • ‘Graduate students in museum studies and multimedia design assisted in the data collection.’
    • ‘He expects multimedia communications will grow rapidly as corporations demand the service.’
    1. 1.1 (of computer applications) incorporating audio and video, especially interactively.


  • 1The use of a variety of artistic or communicative media.

    • ‘Sometimes Iwai lets the words remain superimposed over the proceeding images, but never enough to push the film into the stuffy vocabulary of multimedia.’
    • ‘If multimedia is used, provide text transcripts of audio, and descriptions of video.’
    • ‘When they come home from school, children acquire their knowledge through multimedia, with a strong visual component that is seconded by sound.’
    • ‘The Turn is a vast project, which encompasses music, video and multimedia.’
    • ‘He did dabble in other areas of art, however, including watercolor, multimedia, animation and Web design.’
    • ‘The selected work encompasses a range of media, including painting, print, photography, sculpture, installation, video, light, sound, performance and multimedia.’
    • ‘There are also dozens of sculptures, ceramics, photographs, installations and multi-media.’
    • ‘The same graphics and photos that explain unfamiliar concepts or show what can't normally be seen can be turned into powerful multimedia.’
    1. 1.1 An extension of hypertext allowing the provision of audio and video material cross-referenced to a computer text.
      • ‘Use will be made of the internet and multimedia for ongoing support.’
      • ‘These phones have greater computational power and are designed to integrate music and multimedia with voice.’
      • ‘It's also worth mentioning that the quality of the multimedia has a lot to do with audio and video coprocessors.’
      • ‘Citizens who do not know how to use multimedia will become disenfranchised.’
      • ‘And multimedia, messages with sound and animated pictures, is within easy reach.’
      • ‘Use of graphics and multimedia can enhance the message being provided and in many cases make the site easier to use.’
      • ‘The multimedia experience you can see today is more recent.’
      • ‘Many of our fellows also worked in the sphere of multimedia as well as computer games.’
      • ‘For these kids, multimedia will be as prevalent in the classroom as the chalkboard.’
      • ‘Her research interests are in educational uses of computers and in interactive multimedia.’
      • ‘I'm fast coming to the conclusion that I'll settle somewhere on the growing territory of online film and multimedia.’
      • ‘If multimedia is used, provide text transcripts of audio, and descriptions of video.’
      • ‘Mobile Internet services are part of this commitment and are forecast to play an important role in the future of mobile multimedia.’
      • ‘If budgets are going to be cut, then clients aren't going to go for the kind of multimedia campaigns they used to.’
      • ‘If it is unnecessary or there are other alternatives to multimedia, then, do not use it.’
      • ‘These resources will include both print based and multimedia based stock.’
      • ‘The cable industry's foray into voice and related multimedia is happening on three levels.’
      • ‘He is a character for the wired, multimedia, information-age toddler.’
      • ‘The quiz that is expected to last three hours will include multimedia and audio and visual clippings.’
      • ‘In fact, almost any computer sold today is multimedia and video production-ready.’