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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that multiplies: This old house is a multiplier of expenses.
  • n. Mathematics The number by which another number is multiplied. In 8 × 32, the multiplier is 8.
  • n. Physics A device, such as a phototube, used to enhance or increase an effect.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A number by which another (the multiplicand) is to be multiplied.
  • n. An adjective indicating the number of times something is to be multiplied.
  • n. A ratio used to estimate total economic effect for a variety of economic activities.
  • n. Any of several devices used to enhance a signal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, multiplies or increases number.
  • n. The number by which another number (the multiplicand) is multiplied. See the Note under Multiplication.
  • n. An instrument for multiplying or increasing by repetition or accumulation the intensity of a force or action, as heat or electricity. It is particularly used to render such a force or action appreciable or measurable when feeble. See Thermomultiplier.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which multiplies or increases in number.
  • n. An alchemist.
  • n. The number in the arithmetical process of multiplication by which another is multiplied. Also multiplicator.
  • n. A flat coil of conducting wire used as the coil of a galvanoscope. The tendency to deflection is proportional nearly to the number of coils.
  • n. An arithmometer for performing calculations in multiplication.
  • n. A multiplying-reel; an attachment to an anglers' reel which gathers in the slack with multiplied speed at each revolution of the crank. See reel.
  • n. See the adjectives.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the number by which a multiplicand is multiplied

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