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

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Flitting up behind enemy guards causes Hummingbird to automatically dispatch the goons with a sword, adding to a score multiplier that decays over time. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Never Stop Sneakin’ is a brilliant send-up of ’90s stealth games," 12 July 2018 At the same time, drone ships act as force multipliers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What We Know About the U.S. Navy's Drone Fleet of the Future," 15 Jan. 2019 In comments to the state, Patrick Connor, the the state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, said the state and federal salary thresholds should be equal and cautioned against using a multiplier of the minimum wage. Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times, "Washington considers raising 42-year-old standard on who gets overtime pay," 26 Oct. 2018 The system clock runs at 100 MHz, while on this processor the multiplier varies between 8x and 50x. Richard Baguley, Ars Technica, "Review: Intel’s 9th Gen Core i9 9900K processor hits 5GHz—just at a price," 17 Nov. 2018 Ask us to guess the answer to a multiplication problem, but present the multipliers in different sequences, and our estimates vary enormously (but in predictable ways). Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Glass half empty (or is it half full) in the Marsh’s ‘Two Minds’," 7 May 2018 Indeed, this statement typified the use of the Gatling during the late 19th century: The guns, with their incredible volume of firepower for the time, acted as force multipliers in engagements where the enemy were far more numerous. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "The Story of the Gatling Gun," 22 Aug. 2016 The idea that this fiscal multiplier this year and next will be so low does make some sense. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Something’s Gotta Give in the Fed’s Forecasts," 26 Mar. 2018 Surge pricing in particular was an issue in the days before Uber and Lyft introduced its upfront pricing feature because, instead of telling customers how much a ride would cost, the companies used a fare multiplier that often led to sticker shock. Tracey Lien,, "Honolulu lawmakers agree to cap surge pricing for Uber and Lyft," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of multiplier

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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: a number by which another number is multiplied

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