- consisting of, having, or involving several or many individuals, parts, elements, relations, etc.; manifold.
- (of circuits) arranged in parallel.
- (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
Examples from the Web for multiple
But his motives for shooting John Paul II have remained a mystery shrouded in multiple conspiracy theories.Pope-Shooter Ali Agca’s Very Weird Vatican Visit
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 29, 2014
There was Carol White, a ho-hum homemaker who finds herself besieged by multiple chemical sensitivity in Safe.Julianne Moore Is Oscar Gold in ‘Still Alice’
December 24, 2014
We arrived to the din of a party in full swing: a band, multiple kegs of beer, dancing, foosball, and mantle diving.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
Good intelligence comes when multiple sources and types (human, technical, open) of information are pulled together.CIA Agents Assess: How Real Is ‘Homeland’?
Chuck Cogan, John MacGaffin
December 15, 2014
I would be happy to see books of essays that have the benefit of multiple drafts and editors.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life
December 6, 2014
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
This earth is made too subtly, of too multiple warp and woof, for prophecy.Another Sheaf
Books of multiple authorship often possess too wide a diversity of viewpoints.College Teaching
He has abandoned the single hypothesis for the multiple hypothesis.The Frontier in American History
Frederick Jackson Turner
- having or involving more than one part, individual, etche had multiple injuries
- electronics, US and Canadian (of a circuit) having a number of conductors in parallel
- the product of a given number or polynomial and any other one6 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
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.
- A number that may be divided by another number with no remainder. For example, 4, 10, and 32 are multiples of 2.