Meaning of MULTIPLICITY in English

MULTIPLICITY

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˌməl-tə-ˈpli-sə-tē ]

noun

( plural -ties )

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French multiplicité, from Late Latin multiplicitat-, multiplicitas, from Latin multiplic-, multiplex

Date: 15th century

1.

a. : the quality or state of being multiple or various

b. : the number of components in a system (as a multiplet or a group of energy levels)

2. : a great number

3. : the number of times a root of an equation or zero of a function occurs when there is more than one root or zero

the multiplicity of x = 2 for the equation ( x - 2) 3 = 0 is 3

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