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decuple

[dek-yoo-puh l]
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adjective
  1. ten times as great; tenfold.
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noun
  1. a tenfold quantity or multiple.
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verb (used with object), dec·u·pled, dec·u·pling.
  1. to make ten times as great.
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Origin of decuple

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin decuplus tenfold, equivalent to dec(em) ten + -uplus, as in quadruplus quadruple
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Related Words

decimaldecennialdecupledenarytenfold

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Historical Examples

  • The decuple indication of general heads arose rather from comparison of propositions and induction therefrom.

    Aristotle

    George Grote

  • His decuple partition of Entia or Enunciata is founded entirely upon a logical principle.

    Aristotle

    George Grote

  • Therefore the whole uea, is the quintuple of the same ea: And the whole periphery is decuple unto it.


British Dictionary definitions for decuple

decuple

verb
  1. (tr) to increase by ten times
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noun
  1. an amount ten times as large as a given reference
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adjective
  1. increasing tenfold
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French, from Late Latin decuplus tenfold, from Latin decem ten
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Word Origin and History for decuple

adj.

1610s, from French décuple (late 15c.), from Latin decuplus "tenfold," from decem- "ten" (see ten) + -plus (see plus).

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