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[muhl-tuh-plahy-er] /ˈmʌl təˌplaɪ ər/

a person or thing that .
Arithmetic. a number by which another is .
Physics. a device for intensifying some effect.
a person or thing that multiplies
the number by which another number, the multiplicand, is multiplied See also multiplicand
(physics) any device or instrument, such as a photomultiplier, for increasing an effect


late 15c., agent noun from multiply.
The number by which another number is multiplied.


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