Nearby words

  1. multiple-unit car,
  2. multiple-valued,
  3. multiple-valued function,
  4. multiplepoinding,
  5. multiplet,
  6. multiplexer,
  7. multiplexing,
  8. multipliable,
  9. multiplicable,
  10. multiplicand

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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British Dictionary definitions for multiplexing

multiplex

/ (ˈmʌltɪˌplɛks) /

noun

telecomm
  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

adjective

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

verb

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 multiplexing

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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