having many parts or aspects: the multiplex problem of drug abuse.
manifold; multiple: the multiplex opportunities in high technology.
Telecommunications. of, relating to, or using equipment permitting the simultaneous transmission of two or more trains of signals or messages over a single channel.
verb (used with object)
- to arrange (a circuit) for use by multiplex telegraphy.
- to transmit (two or more signals or messages) by a multiplex system, circuit, or the like.
verb (used without object)
to send several messages or signals simultaneously, as by multiplex telegraphy.
a multiplex electronics system.
(in map making) a stereoscopic device that makes it possible to view pairs of aerial photographs in three dimensions.
Also called multiplex cinema, multiplex theater. a group of two or more motion-picture theaters on the same site or in the same building, especially a cluster of adjoining theaters.
Origin of multiplex
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- 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
- (as modifier)a multiplex transmitter
- a purpose-built complex containing a number of cinemas and usually a restaurant or bar
- (as modifier)a multiplex cinema
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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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