• WordNet 3.6
    • adv multiply in several ways; in a multiple manner "they were multiply checked for errors"
    • v multiply have offspring or produce more individuals of a given animal or plant "The Bible tells people to procreate"
    • v multiply have young (animals) or reproduce (organisms) "pandas rarely breed in captivity","These bacteria reproduce"
    • v multiply combine or increase by multiplication "He managed to multiply his profits"
    • v multiply combine by multiplication "multiply 10 by 15"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rabbits have been the emblem of fertility because of its well-known talents for multiplying.
    • Multiply (Math) To add (any given number or quantity) to itself a certain number of times; to find the product of by multiplication; thus 7 multiplied by 8 produces the number 56; to multiply two numbers. See the Note under Multiplication.
    • Multiply To become greater in number; to become numerous. "When men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them."
    • Multiply To increase (the amount of gold or silver) by the arts of alchemy.
    • Multiply To increase amount of gold or silver by the arts of alchemy.
    • Multiply To increase in extent and influence; to spread. "The word of God grew and multiplied ."
    • Multiply To increase in number; to make more numerous; to add quantity to. "Impunity will multiply motives to disobedience."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over million descendants.
    • multiply To make manifold; increase in number or quantity; make more by natural generation or reproduction, or by accumulation, addition, or repetition: as, to multiply men or horses; to multiply evils.
    • multiply In arithmetic, to perform the operation of multiplication upon. See multiplication, 2.
    • multiply To increase (the precious metals) by alchemical means. See multiplication, 3.
    • multiply To grow or increase in number or extent; extend; spread.
    • multiply In arithmetic, to perform the process of multiplication. See multiplication, 2.
    • multiply To increase gold or silver by alchemical means.
    • multiply In a manifold way.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The number 111,111,111 multiplied by itself will result in the number 12,345,678,987,654,321.
    • v.t Multiply mul′ti-plī to fold or increase many times: to make more numerous: to repeat any given number or quantity as often as there are units in another number
    • v.i Multiply to increase: to perform the arithmetical process of multiplication:—pr.p. mul′tiplying; pa.t. and pa.p. mul′tiplied
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  • Norman Vincent Peale
    “When every physical and mental resources is focused, one's power to solve a problem multiplies tremendously.”
  • A. Nielsen
    A. Nielsen
    “Happiness adds and multiplies, as we divide it with others.”
  • Gaston Bachelard
    “Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendor, images effect a very simple communion of souls.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “What people call insincerity is simply a method by which we can multiply our personalities.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    “The stupidity of one brain multiplied by twelve.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. multiplier, L. multiplicare, fr. multiplex, manifold. See Multitude Complex


In literature:

For such multiplied transgressions God will cause the sun to go down at noon, and darken the earth in the clear day.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
Their purpose is to make the food-animals and food-plants multiply and prosper.
"Anthropology" by Robert Marett
Population multiplied enormously, and nearly all the increase took place in the proletariat.
"The Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844 with a Preface written in 1892" by Frederick Engels
To find a fourth from any note, multiply its number by 4/3, a major third, by 5/4, and so on as per table below.
"Piano Tuning" by J. Cree Fischer
You think you have untied a knot by multiplying knots.
"Superstition In All Ages (1732)" by Jean Meslier
To multiply 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 by 11, do the same way, only carry your 10's.
"The Golden Censer" by John McGovern
He was one of those men whose very touch seems to multiply possessions.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Such examples might be multiplied to any extent.
"Myth and Science" by Tito Vignoli
But you are sure this cannot be: you are sure that God, who made him suffer, would not now quicken and multiply his suffering.
"Dream Life" by Donald G. Mitchell
The voice is nothing without the reverberation that multiplies its echo.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine

In poetry:

But the King said, "O my son,
I miss the bright word in one
Of thy measures and thy rhymes."
And Halfred the Scald replied,
"In another 't was multiplied
Three times."
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XII. -- King Olaf's Chri" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
My steps are turned away;
Yet my eyes linger still,
On their beloved hill,
In one long, last survey:
Gazing through tears that multiply the view,
Their passionate adieu!
"Passing" by Frances Fuller Victor
If with your presence went your image too,
That brain-born ghost my path would never cross
Which meets me now where'er I once met you,
Then vanishes, to multiply my loss.
"Absence" by James Russell Lowell
And waking, smiled up at him from the grass;
Her breasts rose softly and he heard her sigh.
From all the beasts whose pleasant task it was
In Eden to increase and multiply
"Imperial Adam" by A D Hope
God's grace, the cross, our troubles multiplied,
Will make us meet in heaven, full well I know:
Yet ere we yield our breath, on earth below
Why need a little solace be denied?
"Lxviii. to monsignor lodovico beccadelli." by Michelangelo
And yet what prayer from me could now implore,
Could crave for all it would, for words have fled?
May Heaven preserve thee as thou wast before,
And multiply all blessings on thy head.
"Bright Scenes Must All Depart" by Lennox Amott

In news:

The Obama Campaign's Technology Is a Force Multiplier .
This week I finally spent some hands-on time with the Dyson Air Multiplier , the company's next-generation fan.
TSSAA board quick to keep multiplier .
IT as a Force Multiplier .
SWAT team says that tactical pole cameras are "force multipliers ".
The Forex Profit Multiplier Propels The Forex Market Once Again.
More complex are the "force multipliers " like in-car computers (more officers are out of the police building and on the street, but their attention to their surroundings is divided while they type reports).
The Illinois High School Association announced changes to its multiplier waiver policy and classification system on Thursday.
As prog-metal bands multiply like flies on a rotting corpse (Isis, Pelican, Cult of Luna, etc.
Billy Joel wasn't the only one who noticed that a sinner's popularity often multiplies that of a similar saint.
Farmers markets multiply , vote for your favorite.
Cries of foul multiply over executive pay.
Shale jobs to multiply for years, study says.

In science:

Thus if an α > 1 as in the statement of the theorem exists, then every Q-multiplier sequence for every simple set Q is a B -multiplier sequence.
Multiplier Sequences for Simple Sets of Polynomials
Consider the containments {Generalized Laguerre multiplier sequences} ( {Hermite multiplier sequences} {Legendre multiplier sequences} ( {Hermite multiplier sequences} established in [FP-11] and in [BDFU] respectively.
Multiplier Sequences for Simple Sets of Polynomials
By Theorem 2 (and the remark following the statement of the theorem), every Q-multiplier sequence for every simple set Q is a B -multiplier sequence.
Multiplier Sequences for Simple Sets of Polynomials
In particular, every classical multiplier sequence is a B -multiplier sequence.
Multiplier Sequences for Simple Sets of Polynomials
Theorem 2 we conclude that if Q is a simple set of polynomials, then every Q-multiplier sequence must be a classical multiplier sequence.
Multiplier Sequences for Simple Sets of Polynomials