Origin of multiplex

From Latin, dating back to 1550–60; see origin at multi-, -plex
Related formsmul·ti·plex·er, mul·ti·plex·or, noun
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Contemporary Examples of multiplex

Historical Examples of multiplex

  • For the form of contrarieties is multiplex, as logicians teach.

  • For that which is in itself one, men imagine to be multiplex.

    On the Improvement of the Understanding

    Baruch Spinoza [Benedict de Spinoza]

  • At one angle of his multiplex character the man must have been a born actor.

    Twelve Men

    Theodore Dreiser

  • Harrowed by the multiplex difficulties surrounding an intrigue, Persis was kept waiting at the door a long time in the cold.

  • In the multiplex theism of certain Christian churches, three entirely distinct deities consistent with only one.

British Dictionary definitions for multiplex



  1. the use of a common communications channel for sending two or more messages or signals. In frequency-division multiplex the frequency band transmitted by the common channel is split into narrower bands each of which constitutes a distinct channel. In time-division multiplex different channels are established by intermittent connections to the common channel
  2. (as modifier)a multiplex transmitter
  1. a purpose-built complex containing a number of cinemas and usually a restaurant or bar
  2. (as modifier)a multiplex cinema


designating a method of map-making using three cameras to produce a stereoscopic effect
a less common word for multiple


to send (messages or signals) or (of messages or signals) be sent by multiplex

Word Origin for multiplex

C16: from Latin: having many folds, from multi- + plicāre to fold
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Word Origin and History for multiplex

1550s (adj.), 1560s (n.), in mathematics, from Latin multiplex "having many folds; many times as great in number; of many parts" (see multiply).

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