multiplex

[muhl-tuh-pleks]
adjective
1.
having many parts or aspects: the multiplex problem of drug abuse.
2.
manifold; multiple: the multiplex opportunities in high technology.
3.
Telecommunications. of, pertaining 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)
4.
Telecommunications.
a.
to arrange (a circuit) for use by multiplex telegraphy.
b.
to transmit (two or more signals or messages) by a multiplex system, circuit, or the like.
verb (used without object)
5.
to send several messages or signals simultaneously, as by multiplex telegraphy.
noun
6.
a multiplex electronics system.
7.
(in map making) a stereoscopic device that makes it possible to view pairs of aerial photographs in three dimensions.
8.
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:
1550–60; < Latin; see multi-, -plex

multiplexer, multiplexor, noun
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multiplex (ˈmʌltɪˌplɛks)
 
n
1.  telecomm
 a.  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
 b.  (as modifier): a multiplex transmitter
2.  a.  a purpose-built complex containing a number of cinemas and usually a restaurant or bar
 b.  (as modifier): a multiplex cinema
 
adj
3.  designating a method of map-making using three cameras to produce a stereoscopic effect
4.  a less common word for multiple
 
vb
5.  to send (messages or signals) or (of messages or signals) be sent by multiplex
 
[C16: from Latin: having many folds, from multi- + plicāre to fold]
 
'multiplexer
 
n

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multiplex
1550s, in mathematics, from L. multiplex, from comb. form of multus (see multi-) + plex "fold," from plicare (see ply (v.)).
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Example sentences
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.
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