Manifold is a smarty-pants way to say "varied," "many," or "multiple." There are many good reasons to expand your vocabulary, so you could say the benefits of learning new words are manifold.

Manifold sounds like "many fold," which is what it is — something with many features, like a wallet with lots of folds so stuffed with junk that makes you sit funny when it's in your back pocket. As an adjective, manifold loves to appear in books, like Mrs. Gryce in Edith Wharton's "The House of Mirth," whose "domestic duties were manifold." As a noun, a manifold is a pipe branching into many openings, often found in car engines.

Definitions of manifold

adj many and varied; having many features or forms

manifold reasons”
“our manifold failings”
manifold intelligence”
having or involving or consisting of more than one part or entity or individual

n a lightweight paper used with carbon paper to make multiple copies

“an original and two manifolds
manifold paper
Type of:
a material made of cellulose pulp derived mainly from wood or rags or certain grasses

n a pipe that has several lateral outlets to or from other pipes

exhaust manifold
a manifold that receives exhaust gases from the cylinders and conducts them to the exhaust pipe
inlet manifold
manifold that carries vaporized fuel from the carburetor to the inlet valves of the cylinders
intake manifold
a manifold consisting of a pipe to carry fuel to each cylinder in an internal-combustion engine
Type of:
pipage, pipe, piping
a long tube made of metal or plastic that is used to carry water or oil or gas etc.

n a set of points such as those of a closed surface or an analogue in three or more dimensions

Type of:
mathematical space, topological space
(mathematics) any set of points that satisfy a set of postulates of some kind

v make multiple copies of

Type of:
copy, re-create
make a replica of

v combine or increase by multiplication

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double, duplicate
increase twofold
treble, triple
increase threefold
increase fourfold
increase fivefold
cause to grow or increase rapidly
double again
arrange or combine in pairs
Type of:
make bigger or more

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