mul·​ti·​pli·​er | \ˈməl-tə-ˌplī(-ə)r \

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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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 Using that multiplier, there were 333 people in RVs not included in the count. Gary Warth,, "RVs, Rescue Mission homeless not included in this year's homeless count," 1 June 2018 The Sharpes study the arcana of each individual game and know exactly how to unlock bonus multipliers and multiballs—a frenzy of point scoring that occurs when multiple balls are released simultaneously. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "The First Family of pinball: Meet the local wizards behind the game's huge resurgence," 3 May 2018 Meanwhile, the Fed’s implied multiplier on next year’s fiscal stimulus is just 0.2. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Something’s Gotta Give in the Fed’s Forecasts," 26 Mar. 2018 Later that day, Roger watched as 19-year-old Kenneth Lunsford hit a five-times multiplier in his last ball on the game Eight Ball to win the Super Shooter title. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "The First Family of pinball: Meet the local wizards behind the game's huge resurgence," 3 May 2018 Federal retiree annuities are based on high-three average salary and service time (the two main systems use a different multiplier for the latter). Eric Yoder, Washington Post, "Q&A for federal workers: Annuity calculation," 16 Jan. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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: a number by which another number is multiplied

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