Relating to providing shape or data. Homonyms, or multiple-meaning words, are words that have the same spelling and usually sound alike, but have different meanings (e.g. The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary You’ve probably heard the English prefix multi- “many” times in school. In computer class you were probably introduced to the concept of multimedia, or the use of “many” different types of media, such as text, audio, video, animation, still photos, etc. List of Root Words and Their Meanings In social studies you probably learned about multiculturalism, or the acceptance and awareness of “many” cultures within a given society. Middle English