Meaning of MULTIPLE in English

MULTIPLE

/ ˈmʌltɪpl; NAmE / adjective , noun

■ adjective

[ only before noun ] many in number; involving many different people or things :

multiple copies of documents

a multiple entry visa

to suffer multiple injuries (= in many different places in the body)

a multiple birth (= several babies born to a mother at one time)

a multiple pile-up (= a crash involving many vehicles)

a house in multiple ownership / occupancy (= owned / occupied by several different people or families)

■ noun

1.

( mathematics ) a quantity that contains another quantity an exact number of times :

14, 21 and 28 are all multiples of 7.

16 is the lowest common multiple of 8 and 4.

Traveller's cheques are available in multiples of €10 (= to the value of €10, €20, €30, etc.) .

2.

(also ˌmultiple ˈstore ) (both BrE ) = chain store

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WORD ORIGIN

mid 17th cent.: from French , from late Latin multiplus , alteration of Latin multiplex multiple .

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