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[muhl-tuh-puh l] /ˈmʌl tə pəl/
consisting of, having, or involving several or many individuals, parts, elements, relations, etc.; manifold.
  1. (of circuits) arranged in parallel.
  2. (of a circuit or circuits) having a number of points at which connection can be made.
Botany. (of a fruit) collective.
Mathematics. a number that contains another number an integral number of times without a remainder:
12 is a multiple of 3.
Electricity. a group of terminals arranged to make a circuit or group of circuits accessible at a number of points at any one of which connection can be made.
Origin of multiple
1570-80; < French < Late Latin multiplus manifold. See multi-, duple
Related forms
nonmultiple, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • They were going to fight Pippin's multiple shops and beat them.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • There is such a thing as multiple personality, and there is also multiple nationality.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • This earth is made too subtly, of too multiple warp and woof, for prophecy.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • Books of multiple authorship often possess too wide a diversity of viewpoints.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • He has abandoned the single hypothesis for the multiple hypothesis.

    The Frontier in American History

    Frederick Jackson Turner
British Dictionary definitions for multiple


having or involving more than one part, individual, etc: he had multiple injuries
(electronics, US & Canadian) (of a circuit) having a number of conductors in parallel
the product of a given number or polynomial and any other one: 6 is a multiple of 2
(telephony) an electrical circuit accessible at a number of points to any one of which a connection can be made
short for multiple store
Derived Forms
multiply, adverb
Word Origin
C17: via French from Late Latin multiplus, from Latin multiplex
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Word Origin and History for multiple

1640s, "involving many parts," from French multiple (14c.), from Late Latin multiplus "manifold," from Latin multi- "many, much" (see multi-) + -plus "-fold," (see -fold). The noun is from 1680s, in mathematics, from the adjective. Multiple choice as a type of question attested from 1828. Multiple exposure first recorded 1923.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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multiple in Science
A number that may be divided by another number with no remainder. For example, 4, 10, and 32 are multiples of 2.
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