What does manifold mean?

Definitions for manifoldˈmæn əˌfoʊld

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word manifold.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. manifold(noun)

    a pipe that has several lateral outlets to or from other pipes

  2. manifold paper, manifold(noun)

    a lightweight paper used with carbon paper to make multiple copies

    "an original and two manifolds"

  3. manifold(adj)

    a set of points such as those of a closed surface or an analogue in three or more dimensions

  4. manifold, multiplex(verb)

    many and varied; having many features or forms

    "manifold reasons"; "our manifold failings"; "manifold intelligence"; "the multiplex opportunities in high technology"

  5. manifold(verb)

    make multiple copies of

    "multiply a letter"

  6. multiply, manifold(verb)

    combine or increase by multiplication

    "He managed to multiply his profits"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Manifold(adj)

    various in kind or quality; many in number; numerous; multiplied; complicated

  2. Manifold(adj)

    exhibited at divers times or in various ways; -- used to qualify nouns in the singular number

  3. Manifold(noun)

    a copy of a writing made by the manifold process

  4. Manifold(noun)

    a cylindrical pipe fitting, having a number of lateral outlets, for connecting one pipe with several others

  5. Manifold(noun)

    the third stomach of a ruminant animal

  6. Manifold(verb)

    to take copies of by the process of manifold writing; as, to manifold a letter

  7. Origin: [AS. manigfeald. See Many, and Fold.]


  1. Manifold

    In mathematics, a manifold is a topological space that near each point resembles Euclidean space. More precisely, each point of an n-dimensional manifold has a neighbourhood that is homeomorphic to the Euclidean space of dimension n. Lines and circles, but not figure eights, are one-dimensional manifolds. Two-dimensional manifolds are also called surfaces. Examples include the plane, the sphere, and the torus, which can all be realized in three dimensions, but also the Klein bottle and real projective plane which cannot. Although near each point, a manifold resembles Euclidean space, globally a manifold might not. For example, the surface of the sphere is not a Euclidean space, but in a region it can be charted by means of geographic maps: map projections of the region into the Euclidean plane. When a region appears in two neighbouring maps, the two representations do not coincide exactly and a transformation is needed to pass from one to the other, called a transition map. The concept of a manifold is central to many parts of geometry and modern mathematical physics because it allows more complicated structures to be described and understood in terms of the relatively well-understood properties of Euclidean space. Manifolds naturally arise as solution sets of systems of equations and as graphs of functions. Manifolds may have additional features. One important class of manifolds is the class of differentiable manifolds. This differentiable structure allows calculus to be done on manifolds. A Riemannian metric on a manifold allows distances and angles to be measured. Symplectic manifolds serve as the phase spaces in the Hamiltonian formalism of classical mechanics, while four-dimensional Lorentzian manifolds model spacetime in general relativity.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Manifold

    man′i-fōld, adj. various in kind or quality: many in number: multiplied.—adj. Man′ifolded (Spens.), having many folds or complications.—adv. Man′ifoldly.—n. Man′ifoldness.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of manifold in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of manifold in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. "Scratch" Garrison:

    A plan is just a tangent vector on the manifold of reality.

  2. Loro Parque:

    A voluntary stranding is a natural behavior of orcas living in the wild… The orcas at Loro Parque are trained to leave the water on their own accord. This behavior is used for manifold purposes, for example, for presenting the animals to the public, for conducting corporal check-ups, for inspecting their blowholes, as well as for testing hearing abilities of the orcas.

  3. Hermes:

    From one Soul of the Universe are all Souls derived. . .Of these Souls there are many changes, some into a more fortunate estate, and some quite contrary. . .Not all human souls but only the pious ones are divine. Once separated from the body, and after the struggle to acquire piety, which consists in knowing God and injuring none, such a soul becomes all intelligence. The impious soul, however, punishes itself by seeking a human body to enter into, for no other body can receive a human soul it cannot enter the body of an animal devoid of reason. Divine law preserves the human soul from such infamy. . .The soul passeth from form to form and the mansions of her pilgrimage are manifold. Thou puttest off thy bodies as raiment and as vesture dost thou fold them up. Thou art from old, O Soul of Man yea, thou art from everlasting.

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Translations for manifold

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • varieta, rozmnožitCzech
  • mangfoldighedDanish
  • Verteiler, mannigfaltig, vielfältig, MannigfaltigkeitGerman
  • πολυσωλήνας, πολύμορφος, πολύπτυχος, πολυειδής, πολυχώρος, πολλαπλόςGreek
  • colector, variedad, múltipleSpanish
  • monistoFinnish
  • variétéFrench
  • יריעה טופולוגיתHebrew
  • sokfajta, sokféle, sokszor, sokaságHungarian
  • molteplice, varietà, manifesto, multiformeItalian
  • 多様体Japanese
  • многуобразиеMacedonian
  • talrijk, veelvuldig, variëteit, divers, veelvoudigDutch
  • kolektor, rozmaitośćPolish
  • variados, múltiplos, variedade, coletorPortuguese
  • коллектор, копия, трубопровод, разнообразный, многообразиеRussian
  • mångfaldSwedish
  • பன்மடங்குTamil
  • teksir, çokkatlı, dağıtıcıTurkish
  • کئی گناUrdu

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