• WordNet 3.6
    • n multitude the common people generally "separate the warriors from the mass","power to the people"
    • n multitude a large gathering of people
    • n multitude a large indefinite number "a battalion of ants","a multitude of TV antennas","a plurality of religions"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Multitude A great number of persons collected together; a numerous collection of persons; a crowd; an assembly. "But when he saw the multitudes , he was moved with compassion on them."
    • Multitude A great number of persons or things, regarded collectively; as, the book will be read by a multitude of people; the multitude of stars; a multitude of cares. "It is a fault in a multitude of preachers, that they utterly neglect method in their harangues.""A multitude of flowers
      As countless as the stars on high."
    • Multitude The state of being many; numerousness. "They came as grasshoppers for multitude ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n multitude The character of being many; numerousness; also, a great number regarded collectively or as congregated together. Aquinas and others distinguish transcendental and material multitude; but it is difficult to attach any definite conception to transcendental multitude, which is the opposite of transcendental unity. Material multitude is the multitude of individuals of the same species, an expression which supposes matter to be the principle of individuation.
    • n multitude A great number, indefinitely.
    • n multitude A crowd or throng; a gathering or collection of people. According to some ancient legal authorities, it required at least ten to make a multitude.
    • n multitude Synonyms Multitude, Throng, Crowd, swarm, mass, host, legion. A multitude, however great, may he in a space so large as to give each one ample room; a throng or a crowd is generally smaller than a multitude, but is gathered into a close body, a throng being a company that presses together or forward, and a crowd carrying the closeness to uncomfortable physical contact.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Multitude mul′ti-tūd the state of being many: a great number of individuals: a crowd: the vulgar or common people
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “Charity creates a multitude of sins.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “The difficulty is to try and teach the multitude that something can be true and untrue at the same time.”
  • Ben Jonson
    “True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “The multitude of fools is a protection to the wise.”
  • Proverb
    “The multitude is always wrong.”
  • Immanuel Kant
    “Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of few; and number not voices, but weigh them.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. multitude, L. multitudo, multitudinis, fr. multus, much, many; of unknown origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. multitudomultus, many.


In literature:

But the hope that from that panic-stricken multitude one woman could be selected was wild.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Looking down he saw a multitude moving up the street, and soon found that the multitude had become a mob.
"The Battle of Principles" by Newell Dwight Hillis
The multitude was mustered somewhat after the order of a brigade.
"The Story of Cooperstown" by Ralph Birdsall
And so with regard to multitudes of passages.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
After a few days, our traveler arrived at the sea-coast, where there were a multitude of oysters.
"Stories about Animals: with Pictures to Match" by Francis C. Woodworth
Then, when the last of the guests had passed in, the huge folding gates closed, and the multitudes began to disperse.
"The Mark of the Beast" by Sidney Watson
He seems to have sought grandeur in size and multitude, richness, eclat, contrast.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
The Multitude of the Stars.
"Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith" by Robert Patterson
Moreover the whole multitude of the Sabines came, with their wives and children.
"The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08" by Titus Livius
In vain the guard endeavoured to stem the passage of the multitude.
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli

In poetry:

Reached bleeding arms--but how in vain!
The murmurous multitude within the wall
Already had forgot His pain--
To-morrow would forget the cross--and all!
"The Empty Cross" by Cale Young Rice
They buried him lonely; no friend stood near,
(The scoffs of the multitude spurning,)
To weep o'er the poet's sacred bier;
No bosom with anguish was burning.
"The Death And Burial Of McDonald Clarke: A Parody" by Walt Whitman
For what is Beauty, but a fading Flower?
Or what is Pleasure, but the Devils bait,
Whereby he catcheth whom he would devour,
And multitudes of Souls doth ruinate?
"Vanity of Vanities" by Michael Wigglesworth
Her form of majesty, her eyes of fire
Chill with respect, or kindle with desire.
The admiring multitude her charms adore,
And own her worthy of the crown she wore.
"The Triumph Of Woman" by Robert Southey
We have the morning star,
O foolish people, O kings!
With us the day-springs are,
Even all the fresh day-springs;
For us, and with us, all the multitudes of things.
"A Marching Song" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
For thus, alas! the race of man decays,
Blown down by age to wither on the ground;
They feel th' approach of their autumnal days,
Thick as thy leafy multitudes around.
"Ode To Autumn" by Emma Lyon

In news:

He uses that word for a multitude of different situations.
A naked man among a multitude who are dressed.
With a multitude of charges to answer for, Jamie Brent McCarty appeared in criminal court on Tuesday.
And for me, growing Israeli companies beyond its borders is exactly what's needed in order to solve a multitude of issues – including the political ones.
TOMPKINSVILLE — Monroe County was without record-breaking quarterback Chad Wilson on Friday night, but that only meant the Heath Pirates got an introduction to the multitude of other Falcon players capable of running a football.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course has launched a new eBet USA account wagering website ( with a multitude of new features and improvements, including the following.
Interface Catheter Solutions Produces Textured Medical Balloons for a Multitude of Medical Applications.
Cisco Systems' chief expects to see a multitude of new applications on the Internet.
Retailers, designers and editors joined celebs and the general public in a multitude of events throughout the evening.
Plenty of adjustment is supplied in the threaded body to allow a multitude of locking situations encountered.
Due to the Ravens' multitude of injuries on defense, Pro Bowl special teams ace Corey Graham is no longer on the punt team where he has excelled as a gunner.
Ever since, by accident or design, a multitude of mostly female-led indie heartachers have been lurking in the shadows of the Twin Peaks Roadhouse, the paranormal passion pit created by David Lynch.
The Fly 45 is easy to maneuver, and sports a multitude of entertainment options.
Your Guide to a Multitude of Design Events.
Stripping the exterior paint revealed a multitude of sins hiding under thick layers of plastic filler.

In science:

Of course, we could show a multitude of other scattering experiments, regarding wave-packets of arbitrary shape interacting with a variety of obstacles.
Numerical Simulation of Electromagnetic Solitons and their Interaction with Matter
Quark models predict, for given ~L and N , a multitude of states satisfying ~lρ+~lλ = ~L and nρ+ nλ = N .
Baryon Spectroscopy and the Origin of Mass
In Chapters 1 and 2 we focused on scenarios with only one dynamic scalar φ during inflation, but attempts to identify the inflaton among the degrees of freedom of a (supersymmetric) Grand Unified Theory usually confront us with a multitude of fields φi .
Primordial Fluctuations in String Cosmology
Third, thermonuclear reaction rates are not directly measured quantities, but are derived from a multitude of different nuclear physics input quantities.
Charged-Particle Thermonuclear Reaction Rates: III. Nuclear Physics Input
In Ref. , critical masses were determined for a multitude of research areas on the basis of the quality measurements coming from the UK’s most recent RAE.
Concentration versus dispersion of research resources: a contribution to the debate