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Webster 1913 Edition


Multiplier

Mul′ti-pliˊer

,
Noun.
[Cf. F.
multiplier
. Cf.
Multiplicator
.]
1.
One who, or that which, multiplies or increases number.
2.
(Math.)
The number by which another number (the
multiplicand
) is multiplied. See the Note under
Multiplication
.
3.
(Physics)
An instrument for multiplying or increasing by repetition or accumulation the intensity of a force or action, as heat or electricity. It is particularly used to render such a force or action appreciable or measurable when feeble. See
Thermomultiplier
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Multiplier

MUL'TIPLIER

,
Noun.
One who multiplies, or increases number.
1.
The number in arithmetic by which another is multiplied; the multiplicator.

Definition 2022


multiplier

multiplier

English

Noun

multiplier (plural multipliers)

  1. (arithmetic) A number by which another (the multiplicand) is to be multiplied.
    In the expression 5 × 7, the "5" is a multiplier.
    The score multiplier increases each time you complete a level of the video game.
  2. (grammar) An adjective indicating the number of times something is to be multiplied.
    English multipliers include "double" and "triple".
  3. (economics) A ratio used to estimate total economic effect for a variety of economic activities.
  4. (physics) Any of several devices used to enhance a signal
    1. (physics, obsolete) a coil; when Johann Schweigger in 1820 invented the electric coil, increasing the electro-magnetic field from a single wire, this invention was called a multiplier.
  5. A multiplier onion.
    • 1995, Marian Coonse, Onions, Leeks and Garlic: A Handbook for Gardeners (page 52)
      Shallots are the most prolific of all the multipliers, and easier to grow than onions.

Translations

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French

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin multiplicāre, present active infinitive of multiplicō. In Old French, variant forms molteplier and monteplier existed.

Verb

multiplier

  1. (mathematics) to multiply
  2. to multiply
  3. (reflexive) to multiply, to increase

Conjugation

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