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[muhl-tee-mee-dee-uh, muhl-tahy-] /ˌmʌl tiˈmi di ə, ˌmʌl taɪ-/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the combined use of several media, as sound and full-motion video in computer applications.
of, relating to, or involving the use of multimedia.
having or offering the use of various communications or promotional media:
a multimedia corporation that owns TV stations and newspapers.
Origin of multimedia
1960-65; multi- + media1
Related forms
multimedial, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for multimedia
  • Experience coral reefs and their wild shapes and colors in this multimedia feature.
  • Work as a team as you try to navigate your way through this multimedia scavenger hunt.
  • See the underwater surprises that await you in this multimedia feature.
  • If you incorporate multimedia because it is important to the content of your presentation, that's a plus.
  • Calling the campus police to report a crime may soon go multimedia.
  • Integrated multimedia approaches to teaching literature using film and instructional technology.
  • News, opinion and multimedia on politics and government.
  • Serve as project manager, designer, and initial point of contact on all instructional multimedia production projects.
  • Still, there will be applications to combine the virtual worlds with multimedia transmission of the immediate physical world.
  • To thrive, he believes, publishers have to reimagine the book as multimedia entertainment.
British Dictionary definitions for multimedia


plural noun
the combined use of media such as television, slides, etc, esp in education
of or relating to the use of a combination of media: multimedia teaching aids
(computing) of or relating to any of various systems which can manipulate data in a variety of forms, such as sound, graphics, or text
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for multimedia

also multi-media, 1962, from multi- + media.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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multimedia in Technology
Any collection of data including text, graphics, images, audio and video, or any system for processing or interacting with such data. Often also includes concepts from hypertext.
This term was once almost synonymous with CD-ROM in the personal computer world because the large amounts of data involved were best supplied on CD-ROM. DVDs and broadband Internet connections have now largely replaced CDs as the means of delivery.
A "multimedia PC" typically includes software for playing DVD video, 5.1 audio hardware and can display video on a television. It may also include a television receiver and software to record broadcast television to disk and play it back. The Multimedia Personal Computer (MPC) standard was an attempt to improve compatibility between such systems.
Usenet newsgroup: news:comp.multimedia.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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