Definitions

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

  • adj. Having, relating to, or consisting of more than one individual, element, part, or other component; manifold.
  • n. A number that may be divided by another number with no remainder: 4, 6, and 12 are multiples of 2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having more than one element, part, component, or function.
  • n. A number that may be divided by another number with no remainder.
  • n. Price-earnings ratio.
  • n. One of a set of the same thing; a duplicate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Containing more than once, or more than one; consisting of more than one; manifold; repeated many times; having several, or many, parts.
  • n. A quantity containing another quantity an integral number of times without a remainder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Manifold; having many parts or relations.
  • Consisting of more than one complete individual.
  • n. In arithmetic, a number produced by multiplying another by a whole number: as, 12 is a multiple of 3, the latter being a submultiple or aliquot part of the former.
  • n. In telephony, a multiple jack. (See jack.)
  • n. Arranged with all positive terminals, on the one hand, and all negative terminals, on the other, in direct metallic connection: said of motors, generators, voltaic cells, and the like.

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

  • n. the product of a quantity by an integer
  • adj. having or involving or consisting of more than one part or entity or individual

Etymologies

French, from Old French, from Late Latin multiplum, a multiple : Latin multi-, multi- + Latin -plus, -fold; see pel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French multiple. (Wiktionary)

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