Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to, having, or consisting of multiple elements or parts: "the whole complex and multiplex detail of the noble science of dinner” ( Thomas Love Peacock).
  • adj. Relating to or being a system of simultaneous communication of two or more messages on the same wire or radio channel.
  • n. A building, especially a movie theater or dwelling, with multiple separate units.
  • intransitive v. To send messages or signals simultaneously using a multiplex system.
  • transitive v. To send simultaneously using a multiplex system.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Comprising several interleaved parts
  • n. A building where several activities occur in multiple units concurrently
  • n. A large cinema complex comprising of many (e.g. more than five, and often over ten) movie theatres
  • n. throwing motion where more than one ball is thrown with one hand at the same time.
  • v. To interleave several activities
  • v. To combine several signals into a single signal
  • v. To make a multiplex throw.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Manifold; multiple.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Manifold; multiple; multiplicate.
  • In botany, having petals lying over one another in folds. Also multiplicate.
  • n. In mathematics, a set of objects.
  • To render multiplex; manifold.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. many and varied; having many features or forms
  • n. communicates two or more signals over a common channel
  • n. a movie theater than has several different auditoriums in the same building
  • adj. having many parts or aspects

Etymologies

Middle English, a multiple, from Latin, various, complicated : multi-, multi- + -plex, -fold; see plek- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
multi- + -plex (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Hollywood seems to have forgotten that a multiplex is not a field of dreams.

    Analyzing 2009 – Collider.com

  • Continental is 30\% shareholder in Slovak multiplex chain Cinemax, which will open its ninth cinema in Kosice in September.

    Cineuropa

  • Yes, the theatre is a major chain multiplex and is, usually, quite crowded - even for films that have had long runs, so it was quite surprising that the theatre’s first showing of the film was for a nearly empty house.

    Viewing enjoyment affected by very un- “Paranormal Activity” » Scene-Stealers

  • I'd say, "A lot," and that the sound of cheering you'll hear tonight in the multiplex is not good news. "

    Sound Off: Wanted - What Did You Think? « FirstShowing.net

  • The multiplex is filled with movies that endorse all manner of sin, sexual and otherwise, but nobody’s boycotting those flicks.

    REVIEW: Brokeback Mountain « the balcony fool

  • The advanced version, known as multiplex PCR, has been used by forensic laboratories for several years to target several genes at once.

    Multiple gene test allows more targeted treatment of cancer

  • They may not have the ultra hardcore arthouse vibe like The Lumiere did (it has since closed down), but for a place that can called a "multiplex" - they have 11 screens with more being built at the moment - it has such a wonderful selection of films on play including mainstream hits, popular arthouse fare, one-screen wonders (lest we forget The Jammed began its run there) and even popular cult sessions of films like The Room, which is soon to end its three month engagement as the establishment.

    Supernova

  • But the multiplex is a different beast now, dominated by 3,000 screens of dude movies like "Friday the 13th" and "Paul Blart: Mall Cop."

    Why Is This Woman Smiling?

  • Scott is being generous when he calls them mediocre- most of them are really bad The dumbing down of America that is going on at the multiplex is the true scandal here.

    February 4, 2008

  • To engineer those bacteria, Church and colleagues invented a technology called multiplex automated genome engineering, or MAGE, which puts targeted evolution in fast-forward.

    Boston.com Top Stories

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