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 That $15,000 prize for hitting five numbers with a 3X multiplier is now $9,000. Ron Hurtibise,, "Florida Lotto tickets — $1 since 1988 — just doubled in price and players aren’t happy," 16 Oct. 2020 And so long as the event is advertised effectively, a 10-fold audience multiplier shouldn't be difficult to achieve. Arkansas Online, "OPINION: A workable option for musicians," 9 Aug. 2020 Uber drivers in Los Angeles, Bakersfield, San Diego, Fresno, Bakersfield and surrounding areas now can set trip fares as a multiplier of Uber’s existing time and distance rates. Carolyn Said,, "Uber drivers to set own rates in parts of California," 7 July 2020 This multiplier effect is why the stars’ incomes keep rising exponentially—why Tiger Woods, who has made about a hundred and twenty million dollars in prize money, is said to be worth close to a billion. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "How Baseball Players Became Celebrities," 25 May 2020 The family acts as a multiplier, said Andrea Crisanti, the top scientific consultant on the virus in the Veneto region. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Isolating the Sick at Home, Italy Stores Up Family Tragedies," 24 Apr. 2020 As leading health experts have affirmed, the climate crisis is a threat multiplier, particularly for communities suffering from environmental injustice. Adrienne Hollis, Time, "Climate Change Isn't Just a Global Threat—It's a Public Health Emergency," 12 Sep. 2019 Starting next week, drivers can opt out of surge, as well as being able to set their multiplier below 1.0. Carolyn Said,, "Uber tests letting California drivers set own rates," 21 Jan. 2020 When multiple crises compound, like COVID-19 and a landfalling hurricane, climate scientists call this a threat multiplier. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, ""Above normal" 2020 Atlantic hurricane season on tap, researchers forecast," 2 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of multiplier

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Multiplier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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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