[muhl-tuh-puh l] /ˈmʌl tə pəl/
consisting of, having, or involving several or many individuals, parts, elements, relations, etc.; manifold.
Botany. (of a fruit) collective.
Mathematics. a number that contains another number an integral number of times without a remainder:
12 is a multiple of 3.
Electricity. a group of terminals arranged to make a circuit or group of circuits accessible at a number of points at any one of which connection can be made.
having or involving more than one part, individual, etc: he had multiple injuries
(electronics, US & Canadian) (of a circuit) having a number of conductors in parallel
the product of a given number or polynomial and any other one: 6 is a multiple of 2
(telephony) an electrical circuit accessible at a number of points to any one of which a connection can be made
short for multiple store
1640s, “involving many parts,” from French multiple (14c.), from Late Latin multiplus “manifold,” from Latin multi- “many, much” (see multi-) + -plus “-fold,” (see -fold). The noun is from 1680s, in mathematics, from the adjective. Multiple choice as a type of question attested from 1828. Multiple exposure first recorded 1923.
A number that may be divided by another number with no remainder. For example, 4, 10, and 32 are multiples of 2.
- Multiple access
plural noun, Genetics. 1. a series of three or more alternative or allelic forms of a gene, only two of which can exist in any normal, diploid individual. plural noun 1. three or more alternative forms of a particular gene existing in a population
- Multiple birth
noun 1. a birth at which two or more children are born at the same time
- Multiple boot