Array vs Manifold - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between array and manifold

is that array is clothing and ornamentation while manifold is (now historical) a copy made by the manifold writing process.

As verbs the difference between array and manifold

is that array is to clothe and ornament; to adorn or attire while manifold is to make manifold; multiply.

As an adjective manifold is

various in kind or quality, diverse.

As an adverb manifold is

many times; repeatedly.




(en noun)
  • Clothing and ornamentation.
  • (Dryden)
  • A collection laid out to be viewed in full.
  • An orderly series, arrangement or sequence.
  • * Prescott
  • a gallant array of nobles and cavaliers
  • Order; a regular and imposing arrangement; disposition in regular lines; hence, order of battle.
  • drawn up in battle array
  • * Gibbon
  • wedged together in the closest array
  • A large collection.
  • * Byron
  • their long array of sapphire and of gold
    We offer a dazzling array of choices.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011
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  • (programming) Any of various data structures designed to hold multiple elements of the same type; especially , a data structure that holds these elements in adjacent memory locations so that they may be retrieved using numeric indices.
  • (legal) A ranking or setting forth in order, by the proper officer, of a jury as impanelled in a cause; the panel itself; or the whole body of jurors summoned to attend the court.
  • (military) A militia.
  • Usage notes

    * (any of various data structures) The exact usage of the term , and of related terms, generally depends on the programming language. For example, many languages distinguish a fairly low-level "array" construct from a higher-level "list" or "vector" construct. Some languages distinguish between an "array" and a variety of "associative array"; others have only the latter concept, calling it an "array".

    Derived terms

    * * * * *


    * (orderly series) disarray

    See also

    * (any of various data structures) ones-based indexing, zero-based indexing


  • To clothe and ornament; to adorn or attire
  • He was arrayed in his finest robes and jewels.
  • To lay out in an orderly arrangement; to deploy or marshal
  • (legal) To set in order, as a jury, for the trial of a cause; that is, to call them one at a time.
  • (Blackstone)



    Alternative forms

    * (l)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl), from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • (now historical) A copy made by the manifold writing process.
  • (mechanics) A pipe fitting or similar device that connects multiple inputs or outputs.
  • (US, regional, in the plural) The third stomach of a ruminant animal, an omasum.
  • * 1830 Anson, Somerset Co. Me., accessed 12 June 2007
  • My conjecture being right he will find the third stomach, or manifolds , the seat of difficulty.
  • (mathematics) A topological space that looks locally like the "ordinary" Euclidean space \mathbb{R}^n and is Hausdorff.
  • Derived terms
    * manifolder * (l) * (l)


    (en adjective)
  • Various in kind or quality, diverse
  • The manifold meanings of the simple English word 'set' are infamous among dictionary makers.
  • Many in number, numerous; multiple, multiplied.
  • Complicated.
  • Exhibited at diverse times or in various ways.
  • c1384 ... the manyfold grace of God. — I Petre 4:10 ( Wycliffe's Bible)
    1611 The manifold wisdom of God. Ephesians 3:10]. ([[w:King James Bible])
    Derived terms
    * manifold writing


    (en adverb)
  • Many times; repeatedly.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , I.xii:
  • when his daughter deare he does behold, / Her dearely doth imbrace, and kisseth manifold .

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) manifolden, from (etyl) .


    (en verb)
  • To make manifold; multiply.
  • (printing) To multiply or reproduce impressions of by a single operation.