[muhl-tee-mee-dee-uh, muhl-tahy-]
noun (used with a singular verb)
the combined use of several media, as sound and full-motion video in computer applications.
of, pertaining 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.

1960–65; multi- + media1

multimedial, adjective Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
multimedia (ˌmʌltɪˈmiːdɪə)
pl n
1.  the combined use of media such as television, slides, etc, esp in education
2.  of or relating to the use of a combination of media: multimedia teaching aids
3.  computing of or relating to any of various systems which can manipulate data in a variety of forms, such as sound, graphics, or text

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Word Origin & History

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

multimedia definition

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.
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Example sentences
Experience coral reefs and their wild shapes and colors in this multimedia
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.
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