Meaning of MULTIPLE in English

MULTIPLE

I. ˈməl-tə-pəl adjective

Etymology: French, from Latin multiplex, from multi- + -plex -fold — more at -fold

Date: 1647

1. : consisting of, including, or involving more than one

multiple births

2. : many , manifold

multiple achievements

3. : shared by many

multiple ownership

4. : having numerous aspects or functions : various

5. : being a group of terminals which make a circuit available at a number of points

6. : formed by coalescence of the ripening ovaries of several flowers

a multiple fruit

II. noun

Date: 1660

1.

a. : the product of a quantity by an integer

35 is a multiple of 7

b. : something in units of more than one or two

2. : parallel 4b

3. chiefly British : chain store

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