Origin of multiplier

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at multiply1, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a person or thing that multiplies
  2. the number by which another number, the multiplicand, is multipliedSee also multiplicand
  3. physics any device or instrument, such as a photomultiplier, for increasing an effect
  4. economics
    1. the ratio of the total change in income (resulting from successive rounds of spending) to an initial autonomous change in expenditure
    2. (as modifier)multiplier effects
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Word Origin and History for multiplier

late 15c., agent noun from multiply.

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multiplier in Science


  1. The number by which another number is multiplied.
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