mul·​ti·​pli·​er | \ ˈməl-tə-ˌplī(-ə)r How to pronounce multiplier (audio) \

Definition of multiplier

: one that multiplies: such as
a : a number by which another number is multiplied
b : an instrument or device for multiplying or intensifying some effect
c : a machine, mechanism, or circuit that multiplies numbers

Examples of multiplier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Team defense was also a strength, especially in the infield where their 87.4 grounder multiplier was the best in the game. Tony Blengino, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 Without getting too apples-to-apples, a similar multiplier would push Free Guy to a terrific $83 million Chinese cume. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 29 Aug. 2021 Anyway, Hotel Transylvania earned $148.3 million domestic (and $358.3 million worldwide) on an $85 million budget, giving Sandler his biggest global hit and giving the film a strong (even for animated) 3.49x weekend-to-final multiplier. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 The $1 million prize was tripled by the random multiplier for that drawing. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Sep. 2021 The Keynesian multiplier is two, so government spending can make society richer, but when government spending collapses by 10 percent relative to GDP — as it is currently scheduled to do — GDP will not suffer. Kevin A. Hassett, National Review, 19 July 2021 The scaling multiplier pushed for cost optimization, resulting in the mass adoption of infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Vipin Jain, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021 More recent scholarship argues that the role of climate change as a threat multiplier was overstated. Joseph Hincks, Time, 15 Mar. 2021 The court will then assess factors such as the risk the attorneys took, their efficiency and the quality of the work performed to determine what multiplier should be applied to the lodestar. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of multiplier

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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19 Nov 2021

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“Multiplier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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mul·​ti·​pli·​er | \ ˈməl-tə-ˌplī-ər How to pronounce multiplier (audio) \

Kids Definition of multiplier

: a number by which another number is multiplied

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