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[muhl-tee-mee-dee-uh, muhl-tahy-] /ˌmʌl tiˈmi di ə, ˌmʌl taɪ-/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the combined use of several media, as sound and full-motion video in computer applications.
of, relating to, or involving the use of multimedia.
having or offering the use of various communications or promotional media:
a multimedia corporation that owns TV stations and newspapers.
Origin of multimedia
1960-65; multi- + media1
Related forms
multimedial, adjective Unabridged
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  • To access a book is different from accessing a multimedia knowledge platform.

  • Hackers even made sites available from which it is possible to download whole software and multimedia products.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • The literate argument of science and multimedia's non-linear heuristic path to science are fundamentally different.

  • We give life to images, sounds, textures, to multimedia and virtual reality involving ourselves in new interactions.

British Dictionary definitions for multimedia


plural noun
the combined use of media such as television, slides, etc, esp in education
of or relating to the use of a combination of media: multimedia teaching aids
(computing) of or relating to any of various systems which can manipulate data in a variety of forms, such as sound, graphics, or text
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Word Origin and History for multimedia

also multi-media, 1962, from multi- + media.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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multimedia in Technology

Any collection of data including text, graphics, images, audio and video, or any system for processing or interacting with such data. Often also includes concepts from hypertext.
This term was once almost synonymous with CD-ROM in the personal computer world because the large amounts of data involved were best supplied on CD-ROM. DVDs and broadband Internet connections have now largely replaced CDs as the means of delivery.
A "multimedia PC" typically includes software for playing DVD video, 5.1 audio hardware and can display video on a television. It may also include a television receiver and software to record broadcast television to disk and play it back. The Multimedia Personal Computer (MPC) standard was an attempt to improve compatibility between such systems.
Usenet newsgroup: news:comp.multimedia.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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