Definitions for: Multiple

[n] the product of a quantity by an integer; "36 is a multiple of 9"
[adj] having or involving or consisting of more than one part or entity or individual; "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"

Webster (1913) Definition: Mul"ti*ple, 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
multiplies 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,
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 am[oe]boid 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

Multiple star (Astron.), several stars in close proximity,
which appear to form a single system.

Mul"ti*ple, n. (Math.)
A quantity containing another quantity a 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 least number that will do
this; thus, 12 is the least common multiple of 3 and 4.

Synonyms: aggregate, bigeminal, binary, denary, double, doubled, dual, duple, duplex, eightfold, fivefold, fold, fourfold, manifold, multiplex, ninefold, nonuple, octuple, quadruple, quadruplex, quadruplicate, quaternary, quaternate, quintuple, septuple, sevenfold, sextuple, sixfold, tenfold, ternary, threefold, treble, triple, triplex, triune, twofold

Antonyms: single(a)

See Also: double, lcm, least common multiple, lowest common multiple, mathematical product, product, quadruple, triple

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