Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Consisting of ten parts or members.
  • adjective Ten times as much in size, strength, number, or amount.
  • noun A tenfold amount or number.
  • intransitive & transitive verb To multiply or be multiplied by ten.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Tenfold; containing ten times as many.
  • noun A number ten times repeated.
  • To increase tenfold.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb rare To make tenfold; to multiply by ten.
  • adjective rare Tenfold.
  • noun rare A number ten times repeated.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective archaic Ten times as much.
  • noun archaic An amount multiplied by ten.
  • verb archaic To multiply by ten.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin decuplus : Latin decem, ten; see dekm̥ in Indo-European roots + Latin -plus, -fold; see pel- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French décuple, from Late Latin decuplus ("tenfold"), from Latin decem ("ten"), and plico ("fold").

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  • Based upon the 10-root dec-, as in decade. Not to be confused with decouple.

    December 15, 2011