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Blend of multiple +‎ verse, coined by William James.


multiverse (plural multiverses)

  1. (philosophy) The world, considered as lacking in purpose, design, or predictability.
    • 1895 October, James, William, “Is Life Worth Living?”, in International Journal of Ethics[1], page 10:
      Visible nature is all plasticity and indifference, a multiverse, as one might call it, and not a universe.
    • 1953, Bellow, Saul, chapter 6, in The Adventures of Augie March, Viking Press:
      I've never gone through a place like Racine without thinking which house with the rubber-tire swing for kids and piano-practicing inside was like Stiva Lausch's, who had two daughters brought up with every refinement, including piano lessons, and how such little-speaking Odessa-bred sons had gotten on a track like this through the multiverse.
  2. (physics, cosmology) The hypothetical group of all the possible universes in existence.
    Our universe is a very small part of the multiverse.
    In the DC multiverse, our reality is called "Earth-33". But in the Marvel multiverse, it's "Earth-1218".


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