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[noun, adjective kwo-droo-pli-kit; verb kwo-droo-pli-keyt] /noun, adjective kwɒˈdru plɪ kɪt; verb kwɒˈdru plɪˌkeɪt/

one of four copies or identical items, especially copies of typewritten material.
consisting of four identical parts.
pertaining to a fourth item or copy of something.
verb (used with object), quadruplicated, quadruplicating.
to produce or copy in quadruplicate.
to make four times as great.
in quadruplicate, in four identical copies.
adjective (kwɒˈdruːplɪkɪt; -ˌkeɪt)
fourfold or quadruple
verb (kwɒˈdruːplɪˌkeɪt)
to multiply or be multiplied by four
noun (kwɒˈdruːplɪkɪt; -ˌkeɪt)
a group or set of four things

1570s, from Latin quadruplicationem (nominative quadruplicatio), noun of action from past participle stem of quadruplicare (see quadruplicate (v.)).

1650s, from Latin quadruplicatus, past participle of quadruplicare “make fourfold,” from quadri- “four” (see quadri-) + plicare “to fold” (see ply (v.1)).

1660s, from Latin quadruplicatus, past participle of quadruplicare “make fourfold,” from quadri- “four” (see quadri-) + plicare “to fold” (see ply (v.1)). Related: Quadruplicated; quadruplicating.


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