[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.
noun, Pathology. 1. a chronic degenerative, often episodic disease of the central nervous system marked by patchy destruction of the myelin that surrounds and insulates nerve fibers, usually appearing in young adulthood and manifested by one or more mild to severe neural and muscular impairments, as spastic weakness in one or more limbs, local sensory […]
noun, British. 1. .
- Multiple stain
multiple stain n. A mixture of several dyes, each having an independent selective action on one or more portions of the tissue specimen.
noun, Astronomy. 1. three or more stars lying close together in the celestial sphere and usually united in a single gravitational system. noun 1. a system of three or more stars associated by gravitation See also binary star multiple star A system of three or more stars that are bound together by gravity and orbit […]