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Meaning of multiple by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From French multiple .


    • IPA: /ˈmʌltɪpl̩/


    multiple ( comparative more multiple, superlative most multiple )

    1. Having more than one element, part, component, or function .
      My Swiss Army knife has multiple blades .


    • manifold, morefold

    Derived terms


    multiple ( plural: multiples )

    1. ( mathematics ) A number that may be divided by another number with no remainder.
    2. ( finance ) Price-earnings ratio .
    3. One of a set of the same thing; a duplicate .

Explanation of multiple by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. having or involving or consisting of more than one part or entity or individual

    2. multiple birth
      multiple ownership
      made multiple copies of the speech
      his multiple achievements in public life
      her multiple personalities
      a pineapple is a multiple fruit
    1. the product of a quantity by an integer

    2. 36 is a multiple of 9

    Definition of multiple by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Multiple a. [Cf. F. multiple, and E. quadruple, and multiply.] Containing more than once, or more than one; consisting of more than one; manifold; repeated many times; having several, or many, parts.

      Law of multiple proportion ( 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. -- Multiple algebra, a branch of advanced mathematics that treats of operations upon units compounded of two or more unlike units. -- Multiple conjugation ( Biol. ), a coalescence of many cells ( as where an indefinite number of amoeboid cells flow together into a single mass ) from which conjugation proper and even fertilization may have been evolved. -- Multiple fruits. ( Bot. ) See Collective fruit, under Collective. -- Multiple star ( Astron. ), several stars in close proximity,
      which appear to form a single system.

    2. Multiple, n. ( Math. ) A quantity containing another quantity an integral number of times without a remainder.

      ☞ A common multiple of two or more numbers contains each of them a number of times exactly; thus, 24 is a common multiple of 3 and 4. The least common multiple is the smallest number that will do this; thus, 12 is the least common multiple of 3 and 4 ( abbreviated LCM ).

    3. Parallel n.
      1. A line which, throughout its whole extent, is equidistant from another line; a parallel line, a parallel plane, etc.

      Who made the spider parallels design,

      Sure as De Moivre, without rule or line ? Pope.

      2. Direction conformable to that of another line,

      Lines that from their parallel decline. Garth.

      3. Conformity continued through many particulars or in all essential points; resemblance; similarity.

      Twixt earthly females and the moon

      All parallels exactly run. Swift.

      4. A comparison made; elaborate tracing of similarity; as, “Johnson's parallel between Dryden and Pope”.

      5. Anything equal to, or resembling, another in all essential particulars; a counterpart.

      None but thyself can be thy parallel. Pope.

      6. ( Geog. ) One of the imaginary circles on the surface of the earth, parallel to the equator, marking the latitude; also, the corresponding line on a globe or map; as, “the counry was divided into North and South at the 38th parallel”.

      7. ( Mil. ) One of a series of long trenches constructed before a besieged fortress, by the besieging force, as a cover for troops supporting the attacking batteries. They are roughly parallel to the line of outer defenses of the fortress.

      8. ( Print. ) A character consisting of two parallel vertical lines ( thus, ) used in the text to direct attention to a similarly marked note in the margin or at the foot of a page.

      9. ( Elec. ) That arrangement of an electrical system in which all positive poles, electrodes, terminals, etc., are joined to one conductor, and all negative poles, etc., to another conductor; -- called also multiple. Opposed to series.

      ☞ Parts of a system so arranged are said to be in parallel or in multiple.

      Limiting parallels. See under Limit, v. t. -- Parallel of altitude ( Astron. ), one of the small circles of the sphere, parallel to the horizon; an almucantar. -- Parallel of declination ( Astron. ), one of the small circles of the sphere, parallel to the equator. -- Parallel of latitude. ( Geog. ) See def. 6. above. ( Astron. ) One of the small circles of the sphere, parallel to the ecliptic.