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quadruplet

[kwo-druhp-lit, -droo-plit, kwod-roo-plit]
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noun
  1. any group or combination of four.
  2. quadruplets, four children or offspring born of one pregnancy.
  3. one of four such children or offspring.
  4. Music. a group of four notes of equal value performed in the time normally taken for three.

Origin of quadruplet

1780–90; quadruple + -et (modeled on triplet)
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Examples from the Web for quadruplet

Historical Examples

  • But if, quite satisfied with your service, I propose to you five quadruplet instead of four, you would accept it without doubt.

    The Guide of the Desert</p>

    Gustave Aimard


British Dictionary definitions for quadruplet

quadruplet

noun
  1. one of four offspring born at one birthOften shortened to: quad
  2. a group or set of four similar things
  3. music a group of four notes to be played in a time value of three
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Word Origin and History for quadruplet

n.

"one of four children at a single birth," 1787; from quadruple (adj.) with ending from triplet. Related: Quadruplets. Musical sense is from 1873.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

quadruplet in Medicine

quadruplet

([object Object])
n.
  1. One of four offspring born in a single birth.
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