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mul·ti·ply 1

v. mul·ti·plied, mul·ti·ply·ing, mul·ti·plies
1. To increase the amount, number, or degree of. See Synonyms at increase.
2. Mathematics To perform multiplication on.
1. To grow in amount, number, or degree: Shops multiplied along the main street.
2. To increase in number by reproducing: "The people increased both in the dales and the plains, and their horses multiplied" (J.R.R. Tolkien).
3. Mathematics To perform multiplication.

[Middle English multiplien, from Old French multiplier, from Latin multiplicāre, from multiplex, multiplex; see multiplex.]

mul·ti·ply 2

In many or multiple ways.


becoming more numerous; increasing


 of husbands—Bk. of St. Albans, 1486.
References in classic literature ?
Livingstone, in multiplying his fearless explorations from the Cape of Good Hope to the basin of the Zambesi; Captains Burton and Speke, in the discovery of the great interior lakes, have opened three highways to modern civilization.
As all the modified descendants from a common and widely-diffused species, belonging to a large genus, will tend to partake of the same advantages which made their parent successful in life, they will generally go on multiplying in number as well as diverging in character: this is represented in the diagram by the several divergent branches proceeding from (A).
Three big digital events rolled into one Power of X, totally multiplying digital.
We can eliminate the bottom fraction by multiplying both top and
This book allows students to work at their own pace through the multiplication process, eventually multiplying three and four numbers.
1c], subtracting 2, then multiplying this number by 30 to get my estimated blood glucose level ("Equation Ties Hb[A.
Once you have memorized the order, it's just a matter of multiplying 10a.
At that time, multiplying adjustment factors was not only viewed as an inferior technique, it was actually held to be wrong by those that ruled appraisal academics.
For hourly wage employees, this is computable by simply multiplying the hourly wage times 1.
Yet if the artist's continuing project is to encourage the spectator to heighten his or her "attention to life"--to borrow a phrase from Henri Bergson, Eliasson's muse--here he nimbly kept to his task by counterintuitively multiplying and magnifying the pragmatic material conditions that make those transcendental experiences possible.
Under this method, a taxpayer computes its uncollectible amount by multiplying its yearend accounts receivable balance by the ratio of the total bad debts of accounts receivable sustained during the current year and five preceding tax years (adjusted for recoveries of bad debts during the same period) to the sum of the accounts receivable earned (i.