multiple

adjective
mul·​ti·​ple | \ ˈməl-tə-pəl How to pronounce multiple (audio) \

Definition of multiple

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : consisting of, including, or involving more than one multiple births multiple choices
2 : many, manifold multiple achievements He suffered multiple injuries in the accident.
3 : shared by many multiple ownership
4 : having numerous aspects or functions : various life is very multiple; full of movements, facts, and news— John Galsworthy
5 : being a group of terminals (see terminal entry 2 sense 3) which make a circuit available at a number of points
6 : formed by coalescence of the ripening ovaries (see ovary sense 2) of several flowers a multiple fruit

multiple

noun

Definition of multiple (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the product of a quantity by an integer 35 is a multiple of 7
b : something in units of more than one or two
3 chiefly British : chain store

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Examples of multiple in a Sentence

Adjective She made multiple copies of the report. a person of multiple achievements He suffered multiple injuries in the accident. Noun 35 is a multiple of 7. 12 is a multiple of 6.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Since last running in IndyCar in the 1952 Indy 500 (a 31st-place finish with Alberto Ascari), Ferrari has hinted multiple times at making a return to the series. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Roger Penske 'personally championing' Ferrari's potential return to IndyCar," 4 July 2020 Stars of stage and screen shared their first experiences of the live performance, which many had seen multiple times. Anousha Sakoui, Los Angeles Times, "“Happy Hamilton Day!” Stage musical fans reminisce, celebrate movie," 3 July 2020 He was shot multiple times at 7:06 a.m. and died on the scene, police said. Emily Davies, Washington Post, "Sixth suspect arrested in Montgomery homicide involving MS-13, police say," 3 July 2020 Jared Lakey, 28, died on July 6, 2019, after being tased multiple times by officers Joshua Taylor, 25, and Brandon Dingman, 34, of the Wilson Police Department. Jay Croft And Kay Jones, CNN, "2 Oklahoma officers are charged with second-degree murder in man's 2019 death," 3 July 2020 But Kyle is the only one who's actively tried to go into eliminations multiple times before now. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "The Challenge: Total Madness recap: Double elimination ends in tears," 2 July 2020 Dunn estimated that the incident occurred about 20 years ago, but other depositions in Daleiden's video indicated that live births may happen at such clinics multiple times a year. Fox News, "Testimony from Planned Parenthood, tissue procurer sheds light on babies born alive or with beating hearts," 2 July 2020 His assailants are said to have broken his skull by beating him with a wooden beam, stabbed him multiple times, driven a knife through his throat and planted a knee to his neck reminiscent of the way George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Authorities In Denmark Refuse To Consider Killing Of Black Man By White Supremacists A Hate Crime," 1 July 2020 To actually suppress coronavirus, the state should be doing multiple times that: 2,088 tests per 100,000 people per day, or about 825,000 tests per day. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Harvard scientists: California needs to double testing to contain coronavirus surge," 1 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But where James wanted to tame his sense that life was ferocious and sinister, contingent and multiple, Oates taps her feeling of inner chaos as a creative resource. Leo Robson, The New Yorker, "The Unruly Genius of Joyce Carol Oates," 29 June 2020 In addition to modernizing its nuclear arsenal, China is developing maneuverable reentry vehicles and hypersonic glide weapons to evade U.S. missile defenses and topping its ICBMs with multiple independently targeted warheads. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Trump wants to replace New START with a treaty that includes China," 25 June 2020 Retirement — its very concept — simply doesn’t work when returns fail to make the final accumulation a healthy multiple of the amount actually saved. Scott Burns, Dallas News, "Scott Burns: Low yields on savings are destroying the magic of investment returns," 23 June 2020 That includes predominantly white and Asian school districts where parental income is some multiple of what it... Thomas Sowell, WSJ, "Charter Schools’ Enemies Block Black Success," 18 June 2020 At a 20 multiple, the Tully 20 rule says earnings would need to hit $176 a share by mid-2022. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Has the market lost its mind? Probably. But there’s a slim chance that equities are entering a new era of high valuations," 5 June 2020 But the country’s first performance athletic shoe company, Enda, ran into multiples hurdles when trying to convince investors at home and abroad Kenya could become a significant manufacturing hub. Neha Wadekar, Quartz Africa, "Kenya has world-class runners but investors have been hesitant to back locally-made running shoes," 17 Feb. 2020 Additionally, a massive $2 trillion federal stimulus package and unprecedented action from the Fed have helped support market multiples. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "The S&P 500 is having its best 50-day rally in history," 3 June 2020 Historically, hard markets are associated with expanding multiples for stocks in the sector. Telis Demos, WSJ, "Insurers’ Best Shelter Against Storms Is Price," 2 June 2020

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First Known Use of multiple

Adjective

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for multiple

Adjective and Noun

French, from Latin multiplex, from multi- + -plex -fold — more at -fold

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Time Traveler for multiple

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The first known use of multiple was in 1647

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Last Updated

6 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Multiple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/multiple. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for multiple

multiple

adjective
How to pronounce multiple (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of multiple

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: more than one
: shared by many people

multiple

noun

English Language Learners Definition of multiple (Entry 2 of 2)

mathematics : a number that can be produced by multiplying a smaller number

multiple

adjective
mul·​ti·​ple | \ ˈməl-tə-pəl How to pronounce multiple (audio) \

Kids Definition of multiple

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being or consisting of more than one We need multiple copies.

multiple

noun

Kids Definition of multiple (Entry 2 of 2)

: the number found by multiplying one number by another 35 is a multiple of 7.

multiple

adjective
mul·​ti·​ple | \ ˈməl-tə-pəl How to pronounce multiple (audio) \

Medical Definition of multiple

1 : consisting of, including, or involving more than one multiple births
2 : affecting many parts of the body at once

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