• WordNet 3.6
    • adj multifarious having many aspects "a many-sided subject","a multifaceted undertaking","multifarious interests","the multifarious noise of a great city","a miscellaneous crowd"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Multifarious Having multiplicity; having great diversity or variety; of various kinds; diversified; made up of many differing parts; manifold. "There is a multifarious artifice in the structure of the meanest animal."
    • Multifarious (Bot) Having parts, as leaves, arranged in many vertical rows.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • multifarious Having great multiplicity; of great diversity or variety; made up of many differing parts.
    • multifarious In botany and zoology, arranged in many rows or ranks.
    • multifarious In law (of a pleading in equity), combining in the same bill of complaint distinct and separate claims of distinct natures or affecting different persons not connected therein, which ought to be made the subject of separate suits. As the objection is founded on the inconvenience of trying together diverse matters, what is to be regarded as multifarious is largely discretionary with the trial court.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Multifarious mul-ti-fā′ri-us having great diversity: made up of many parts: manifold:
    • adj Multifarious mul-ti-fā′ri-us (bot.) in many rows or ranks
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. multifarius,; multus, much, many. Cf. Bifarious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. multus, many, varius, diverse.


In literature:

All in all it is a multifarious gallery.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
It is busy, public, and multifarious.
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
These, however, were only a part of his multifarious schemes.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
They are almost as universal as the multifarious phases of society.
"Talkers" by John Bate
That families by association lighten the multifarious labors of the domestic sphere.
"Household Papers and Stories" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Multifarious are the occasions in which individual interests require that events should be communicated with telegraphic celerity.
"A Morning's Walk from London to Kew" by Richard Phillips
Women invented and exercised in common multifarious household occupations and industries.
"The Position of Woman in Primitive Society" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
No literature on earth is more multifarious in its contents.
"From Bondage to Liberty in Religion" by George T. Ashley
In physiological language this means that all the multifarious and complicated activities of man are comprehensible under three categories.
"The Voice of Science in Nineteenth-Century Literature" by Various
The present, however, with its multifarious demands, brought the relief of occupation to every member of the family except Leonore.
"Leonore Stubbs" by L. B. Walford

In poetry:

Hair, wax, rouge, honey, teeth you buy,
A multifarious store!
A mask at once would all supply Nor would it cost you more.
"On A Battered Beauty (From The Greek)" by William Cowper
The multifarious blessings Heaven has given,
Great, various, wonderful, in their amount,
Are but the reckoning which man holds with Heaven,
And for which Heaven demands a strict account.
"Blessings" by John Bowring

In news:

Enclosed are two videos from Freewaves archive that you can watch simultaneously or consecutively, depending on your linear or multifarious mindset.
An Author's Multifarious Images Joined By a Child.
Its uses are as multifarious as its ply.
Oculus Gallery, 518 N W 23rd, gets experimental in Multifarious, a new exhibit featuring the work of Nicole Moan, DJ Ostara, Albert Riddle and Deborah Eilers Riddle.
IN the troubled waters of the Persian Gulf, a multifarious alliance is resisting the onslaught of a monolithic enemy that invaded 16 months ago.
Or the truffles, in their multifarious and ever-expanding variety.
If a novel, play, or movie is to reflect the depth and multifariousness of life, it's bound to introduce uncertainties into plot and characterizations.

In science:

They each missed the multifariousness of the ways in which modern formal logic would serve as a new lens for philosophy, illuminating and distorting its questions in new kind of ways (Floyd[2011], 111).
Adding Methodological Testing to Naur's Anti-formalism