mul·​ti·​pli·​er ˈməl-tə-ˌplī(-ə)r How to pronounce multiplier (audio)
: one that multiplies: such as
: a number by which another number is multiplied
: an instrument or device for multiplying or intensifying some effect
: a machine, mechanism, or circuit that multiplies numbers

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Each of the model’s roughly 1 million parameters—the connections between the neurons—act like multipliers that adjust specific operations in these equations during its calculations. IEEE Spectrum, 24 Feb. 2023 An analysis tracking the extensive reach of COVID-19 loss of kin with a bereavement multiplier, published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, estimated that 8.1 million family members may be grieving the loss of a loved one due to the virus. Arielle Mitropoulos, ABC News, 4 Feb. 2022 The document states that the corporate multiplier is calculated based on bookings, customer attrition, and non-GAAP operating income. Kylie Robison, Fortune, 3 Mar. 2023 Made with real ingredients, this electrolyte powder multiplier helps to reduce fatigue and optimize your energy while keeping you hydrated longer than regular water alone! Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 11 Feb. 2023 There is no other legal online sports betting app in the Buckeye State that is offering a larger multiplier on their new user promo than bet365. cleveland, 25 Jan. 2023 This will increase professional and business growth and create an economic multiplier for the city. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Dec. 2022 Strengthen 287g, to create a powerful force multiplier, across all law enforcement agencies. Dave Wallace, Baltimore Sun, 18 May 2022 The good news is that the film has earned $53.8 million in eight days, a decent 1.31x weekend-to-cume multiplier. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of multiplier was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Multiplier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


mul·​ti·​pli·​er ˈməl-tə-ˌplī(-ə)r How to pronounce multiplier (audio)
: one that multiplies
: a number by which another number is multiplied

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