[muhl-tuh-plet, -plit]

Origin of multiplet

First recorded in 1920–25; multi- + (tri)plet
Also called multiplet line. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for multiplet


noun physics
  1. a set of closely spaced lines in a spectrum, resulting from small differences between the energy levels of atoms or molecules
  2. a group of related elementary particles that differ only in electric charge

Word Origin for multiplet

from multiple; on the model of doublet
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