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

  • adjective Having, relating to, or consisting of more than one individual, element, part, or other component; manifold.
  • noun A number that may be divided by another number with no remainder.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Manifold; having many parts or relations.
  • Consisting of more than one complete individual.
  • noun 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.
  • noun In telephony, a multiple jack. (See jack.)
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Math.) A quantity containing another quantity an integral number of times without a remainder.
  • adjective Containing more than once, or more than one; consisting of more than one; manifold; repeated many times; having several, or many, parts.
  • adjective (Chem.) the generalization that when the same elements unite in more than one proportion, forming two or more different compounds, the higher proportions of the elements in such compounds are simple multiples of the lowest proportion, or the proportions are connected by some simple common factor; thus, iron and oxygen unite in the proportions FeO, Fe2O3, Fe3O4, in which compounds, considering the oxygen, 3 and 4 are simple multiplies of 1. Called also the Law of Dalton or Dalton's Law, from its discoverer.
  • adjective a branch of advanced mathematics that treats of operations upon units compounded of two or more unlike units.
  • adjective (Biol.) a coalescence of many cells (as where an indefinite number of amœboid cells flow together into a single mass) from which conjugation proper and even fertilization may have been evolved.
  • adjective (Bot.) See Collective fruit, under Collective.
  • adjective (Astron.) several stars in close proximity, which appear to form a single system.

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

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

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

  • noun the product of a quantity by an integer
  • adjective having or involving or consisting of more than one part or entity or individual

Etymologies

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

[French, from Old French, from Late Latin multiplum, a multiple : Latin multi-, multi- + Latin -plus, -fold; see pel- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French multiple.

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