Definitions

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

  • adj. Consisting of five parts or members.
  • adj. Five times as much in size, strength, number, or amount.
  • n. A fivefold amount or number.
  • transitive v. To multiply or be multipled by five.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having five parts or members
  • adj. five times as much
  • n. a fivefold amount
  • v. to multiply something (or be multiplied) by five

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Multiplied by five; increased to five times the amount; fivefold.
  • transitive v. To make fivefold, or five times as much or many.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fivefold; containing five times the number or amount.
  • In botany, divided or arranged by a rule of five; fivefold.
  • To make fivefold.
  • To increase fivefold.

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

  • adj. having five units or components
  • v. increase fivefold
  • n. a set of five similar things considered as a unit

Etymologies

French, from Old French : Latin quīntus, fifth; see penkwe in Indo-European roots + -ple, -fold (from Latin -plus; see pel-2 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French quintuple. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Published data from children and pregnant women in Blantyre over the study period show that "quintuple" mutant parasites with two mutations in the dihydropteroate synthase (dhps) gene and three dihydrofolate reductase (dhfr) mutations were highly prevalent in Blantyre over the study period

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  • AOL - News, which expects to "quintuple" the number of hyperlocal blogs in its Patch network

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  • While United pursue their "quintuple," Chelsea will be looking to extend their winning start to life under Guus Hiddink to five matches.

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  • United's Scottish manager believes he has the players to pull off a 'quintuple' but admits that it will take a bit of luck for that to happen, particularly when it comes to keeping key stars fit.

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  • José Mourinho buttered up Sir Alex Ferguson, claimed the Old Trafford groundsman was his friend, spent every minute of Wednesday's match in the technical area, lost 2-0, muttered darkly about Inter's policy failings, tipped United for the "quintuple" and then allegedly punched an abusive United supporter as he boarded the team coach.

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  • By mid-March, the odds on a 'quintuple' could be very much shorter, but Ferguson insists he is not getting "carried away" by the prospect of an achievement that would match that of one of his heroes, Jock Stein, with Celtic in 1967.

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  • The word "quintuple" can now disappear from the football lexicon as quickly as it arrived and, for that, it was difficult not to believe that some of the damage had been self-inflicted.

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  • While United pursue their 'quintuple' Chelsea will be looking to extend their winning start to life under Guus Hiddink to five matches.

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  • Indonesia's second-largest supermarket chain, PT Matahari Putra Prima, plans to quintuple its number of stores, setting up on the eastern islands of Ambon and Irian Jaya.

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  • He had to have a quintuple bypass, and had a very difficult time recovering from it.

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