[ man-uh-fohld ]
/ ˈmæn əˌfoʊld /



verb (used with object)

to make copies of, as with carbon paper.

Nearby words

  1. manifestation,
  2. manifestative,
  3. manifesting heterozygote,
  4. manifestly,
  5. manifesto,
  6. manifolder,
  7. maniform,
  8. manikin,
  9. manila,
  10. manila bay

Origin of manifold

before 1000; Middle English; Old English manigf(e)ald (adj.). See many, -fold

1. various, multitudinous. See many. 2. varied, divers, multifarious.

Related formsman·i·fold·ly, adverbman·i·fold·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for manifold


/ (ˈmænɪˌfəʊld) /

adjective formal

of several different kinds; multiplemanifold reasons
having many different forms, features, or elementsmanifold breeds of dog



(tr) to duplicate (a page, book, etc)
to make manifold; multiply
Derived Formsmanifolder, nounmanifoldly, adverbmanifoldness, noun

Word Origin for manifold

Old English manigfeald. See many, -fold

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Word Origin and History for manifold
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Science definitions for manifold


[ mănə-fōld′ ]

A topological space or surface.
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