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Dictionary Definition

multimedia n : transmission that combine media of communication (text and graphics and sound etc.) [syn: multimedia system]

User Contributed Dictionary




multimedia p
  1. the use of different media to convey information; text together with audio, graphics and animation, often packaged on CD-ROM with links to the Internet


The use of different media to convey information


  1. of, or relating to this combined use of media
  2. of, or relating to an application that can combine such media into an integrated package


of, or relating to this combined use of media
(computing) of, or relating to an application that can combine such media into a package

Extensive Definition

Multimedia is media that utilizes a combination of different content forms. The term can be used as a noun (a medium with multiple content forms) or as an adjective describing a medium as having multiple content forms. The term is used in contrast to media which only utilize traditional forms of printed or hand-produced text and still graphics. In general, multimedia includes a combination of text, audio, still images, animation, video, and interactivity content forms.
Multimedia is usually recorded and played, displayed or accessed by information content processing devices, such as computerized and electronic devices, but can also be part of a live performance. Multimedia (as an adjective) also describes electronic media devices used to store and experience multimedia content. Multimedia is similar to traditional mixed media in fine art, but with a broader scope. The term "rich media" is synonymous for interactive multimedia. Hypermedia can be considered one particular multimedia application.

Categorization of multimedia

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