multi

[muhl-tee, -tahy] Informal.
noun, plural multis.
1.
a pattern of several colors or hues, usually in stripes: This dress comes in pink or green multi.
adjective

Origin:
by shortening of multicolor or multicolored

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multi-

a combining form meaning “many,” “much,” “multiple,” “many times,” “more than one,” “more than two,” “composed of many like parts,” “in many respects,” used in the formation of compound words: multiply; multivitamin.
Also, especially before a vowel, mult-.


Origin:
Middle English < Latin, combining form of multus much, many

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multi-
 
combining form
1.  many or much: multiflorous; multimillion
2.  more than one: multiparous; multistorey
 
[from Latin multus much, many]

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multi-
comb. form of L. multus "much, many," from PIE base *mel- "strong, great, numerous" (cf. L. melior "better," Gk. mala "very, very much"). Many words that use it (multinational, etc.) are 20c. coinages.
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multi- pref.

  1. Many; much; multiple: multiarticular.

  2. More than one: multiparous.

  3. More than two: multipolar.

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Science Dictionary
multi-  
A prefix that means "many" or "much," as in multicellular, having many cells.
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Example sentences
The university offers regular academic ranks with annual and multi-year
  contracts.
The successful candidate will be eligible for a multi-year contract at the end
  of three years.
Evidence of a strong commitment to interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary
  teaching and learning.
Experience in a multi-campus educational setting is preferred.
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