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[muhl-tuh-pleks] /ˈmʌl təˌplɛks/
having many parts or aspects:
the multiplex problem of drug abuse.
manifold; multiple:
the multiplex opportunities in high technology.
Telecommunications. of, relating to, or using equipment permitting the simultaneous transmission of two or more trains of signals or messages over a single channel.
verb (used with object)
  1. to arrange (a circuit) for use by multiplex telegraphy.
  2. to transmit (two or more signals or messages) by a multiplex system, circuit, or the like.
verb (used without object)
to send several messages or signals simultaneously, as by multiplex telegraphy.
a multiplex electronics system.
(in map making) a stereoscopic device that makes it possible to view pairs of aerial photographs in three dimensions.
Also called multiplex cinema, multiplex theater. a group of two or more motion-picture theaters on the same site or in the same building, especially a cluster of adjoining theaters.
Origin of multiplex
1550-60; < Latin; see multi-, -plex
Related forms
multiplexer, multiplexor, noun Unabridged
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  • Of the other characters of this multiplex tableau it would not be profitable to speak at length.
  • During the offseason, there were tantalizing glimpses of the national pastime at the multiplex.
  • The weekend's box office results showed the power of faith-based films at the multiplex.
  • Incompetent authority figures appear to be having a moment at the multiplex.
  • It was his misfortune to have the benign intentions of this side of his oeuvre perpetually tripped up on the way to the multiplex.
  • But it is more than mere size that sets the megaplex apart from the multiplex.
  • The spread of multiplex cinemas, which can show niche films thanks to their large number of smallish screens, has helped business.
  • Or the rush to build shopping malls and plush new multiplex cinemas.
  • There is a boom in commercial consumption as developers build ice-cool multiplex cinemas and shopping malls.
  • So you might be able to multiplex data through this system at the buses using multi-wavelength laser encoding.
British Dictionary definitions for multiplex


  1. the use of a common communications channel for sending two or more messages or signals. In frequency-division multiplex the frequency band transmitted by the common channel is split into narrower bands each of which constitutes a distinct channel. In time-division multiplex different channels are established by intermittent connections to the common channel
  2. (as modifier): a multiplex transmitter
  1. a purpose-built complex containing a number of cinemas and usually a restaurant or bar
  2. (as modifier): a multiplex cinema
designating a method of map-making using three cameras to produce a stereoscopic effect
a less common word for multiple
to send (messages or signals) or (of messages or signals) be sent by multiplex
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: having many folds, from multi- + plicāre to fold
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Word Origin and History for multiplex

1550s (adj.), 1560s (n.), in mathematics, from Latin multiplex "having many folds; many times as great in number; of many parts" (see multiply).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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