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What is the difference between magnitude and multitude?

Quantity is a kind of property which exists as magnitude or multitude.

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Definition: Extent of dimensions; size; applied to things that have length, breath, and thickness.

Definition : The state of being many; numerousness.

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Link 1 : Magnitude
Link 2 : Multitude

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In the example sentence, magnitude is used to refer to size (how big) while multitude is used to refer to numbers (how many).

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However, "multitude" is rather rare in this sense: "number" is a more common way of expressing it. The main sense of "multitude" is a somewhat literary word for a large collection of something, rather than the property of its largeness. "And there were multitudes of angels, singing". This is also the sense in the idiom "(something) hides a multitude of sins/evils", meaning that the thing (eg a coat of paint) covers up lots of problems (not really sins or evil things). – Colin Fine Mar 1 '11 at 16:06

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