[ 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.


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Origin of multiple

1570–80; < French < Late Latin multiplus manifold. See multi-, duple


non·mul·ti·ple, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for multiple

British Dictionary definitions for multiple

/ (ˈmʌltɪpəl) /


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

Derived forms of multiple

multiply, adverb

Word Origin for multiple

C17: via French from Late Latin multiplus, from Latin multiplex
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Scientific definitions for multiple

[ mŭltə-pəl ]

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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