Definition of multimodal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈməltiˌmōd/ Pronunciation: /ˈməltī-/
(also multimode)


1Characterized by several different modes of activity or occurrence.
Example sentences
  • Standard multimode and single mode cables are supported.
  • Furthermore, she suggests that rather than attempting to reconcile the differences, we might consider ‘social connectedness to exist in a kind of multimodal continuum’.
  • AthosCal, a prototype multimodal calendar application, runs on several platforms including PDAs and desktop computers.
1.1 Statistics (Of a frequency curve or distribution) having several modes or maxima.
Example sentences
  • None of the histograms suggest multimodal distributions and tests of normality indicate normal distributions.
  • Chromosomes 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10 seem to have bimodal or multimodal distributions.
  • However, synoptic weather codes predicted patterns of migration even in calm winds and we often observed a multimodal distribution of simultaneous tracks at a single site, presumably under similar wind conditions.
1.2 Statistics (Of a property) occurring with multimodal distribution.
Example sentences
  • With a large enough h the density estimate can always be made to appear unimodal; with a small enough h the density estimate can always be made to appear bimodal (or even multimodal, having more than two peaks).
  • These density estimates will initially be bimodal or multimodal, but will become unimodal once h increases past a certain critical value.

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Syllabification: mul·ti·mod·al

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