Definitions for: Multiply


[adv] in several ways; in a multiple manner; "they were multiply checked for errors"
[v] have offspring or young; "The deer in our neighborhood reproduce madly"; "The Catholic Church tells people to procreate, no matter what their economic situation may be"
[v] have young; used of animals; derogatory when used for people
[v] combine or increase by multiplication; "He managed to multiply his profits"
[v] combine by multiplication; "multiply 10 by 15"



Webster (1913) Definition: Mul"ti*ply, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Multiplied; p. pr.
& vb. n. Multiplying.] [F. multiplier, L. multiplicare, fr.
multiplex manifold. See Multitude, Complex.]
1. To increase in number; to make more numerous; to add
quantity to.

Impunity will multiply motives to disobedience.
--Ames.

2. (Math.) To add (any given number or quantity) to itself a
certain number of times; to find the product of by
multiplication; thus 7 multiplied by 8 produces the number
56; to multiply two numbers. See the Note under
Multiplication.

3. To increase (the amount of gold or silver) by the arts of
alchemy. [Obs.]

Multiplying gear (Mach.), gear for increasing speed.

Multiplying lens. (Opt.) See under Lens.


Mul"ti*ply, v. i.
1. To become greater in number; to become numerous.

When men began to multiply on the face of the earth,
and daughters were born unto them. --Gen. vi. 1.

2. To increase in extent and influence; to spread.

The word of God grew and multiplied. --Acts xii.
24.

3. To increase amount of gold or silver by the arts of
alchemy. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Synonyms: manifold, procreate, reproduce

Antonyms: divide, fraction, singly

See Also: breed, brood, calculate, cipher, compute, cover, create, cube, cypher, double, duplicate, figure, fructify, hatch, increase, incubate, make, multiply, proliferate, propagate, pullulate, quadruple, quintuple, raise, reckon, set, square, treble, triple, work out

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