Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ Latin multiformis
much, many + forma
shape: confer French multiforme
.] Having many forms, shapes, or appearances.
A plastic and multiform unit. Hare.
Multiformity noun [ Latin multiformitas .] The quality of being multiform; diversity of forms; variety of appearances in the same thing. Purchas.
Multiformous adjective Multiform. [ Obsolete]
Multigenerous adjective [ Latin multigenerus ; multus + genus , generis , kind.] Having many kinds.
Multigranulate adjective [ Multi- + granulate .] Having, or consisting of, many grains.
Multigraph noun [ Multi- + -graph .] A combined rotary type-setting and printing machine for office use. The type is transferred semi-automatically by means of keys from a type-supply drum to a printing drum. The printing may be done by means of an inked ribbon to print "typewritten" letters, or directly from inked type or a stereotype plate, as in a printing press.
Multijugate adjective Having many pairs of leaflets.
[ Latin multijugus
yoke.] 1. Consisting of many parts. 2. (Botany) Same as Multijugate .
Multilateral adjective [ Multi- + lateral .] Having many sides; many-sided.
Multilineal adjective [ Multi- + lineal .] Having many lines. Steevens.
Multilobar adjective [ Multi- + lobar .] Consisting of, or having, many lobes.
Multilocular adjective [ Multi- + locular : confer French multiloculaire .] Having many or several cells or compartments; as, a multilocular shell or capsule.
Multiloquence noun Quality of being multiloquent; use of many words; talkativeness.
Multiloquent, Multiloquous adjective [ Latin multiloquus ; multus much, many + loqui to speak.] Speaking much; very talkative; loquacious.
Multiloquy noun [ Latin multiloquium .] Excess of words or talk. [ R.]
Multinodate adjective [ Multi- + nodate .] Having many knots or nodes.
[ Latin multinodus
.] Same as Multinodate .
Multinomial noun & adjective
, as in binomial. See Binomial
.] (Alg.) Same as Polynomial .
Multinominal, Multinominous adjective [ Latin multinominis ; multus many + nomen nominis name.] Having many names or terms.
Multinuclear adjective [ Multi- + nuclear .] (Biol.) Containing many nuclei; as, multinuclear cells.
Multinucleate, Multinucleated adjective (Biol.) Multinuclear.
Multiparous adjective [ Multi- + Latin parere to produce: confer French multipare .] Producing many, or more than one, at a birth.
[ Latin multipartitus multus
much, many partitus
divided, past participle : confer French multipartite
. See Partite
.] Divided into many parts; having several parts.
Multiped noun [ Latin multipes , multipeda ; multus much, many + pes , pedis , foot: confer French multipède .] (Zoology) An insect having many feet, as a myriapod.
Multiped adjective Having many feet.
Multiphase adjective [ Multi- + phase .] Having many phases; specif. (Electricity) , pertaining to, or designating, a generator producing, or any system conveying or utilizing, two or more waves of pressure, or electromotive force, not in phase with each other; polyphase.
Multiplane adjective Having several or many planes or plane surfaces; as, a multiplane kite.
Multiplane noun [ Multi- + plane .] (Aëronautics) An aëroplane with three or more superposed main planes.
[ Confer French multiple
, and English quadruple
, and multiply
.] Containing more than once, or more than one; consisting of more than one; manifold; repeated many times; having several, or many, parts. Law of multiple proportion (Chemistry)
, the generalization that when the same elements unite in more than one proportion, forming two or more different compounds, the higher proportions of the elements in such compounds are simple multiples of the lowest proportion, or the proportions are connected by some simple common factor; thus, iron and oxygen unite in the proportions FeO, Fe 2 O 3 , Fe 3 O 4 , in which compounds, considering the oxygen, 3 and 4 are simple multiplies of 1. Called also the Law of Dalton , from its discoverer.
-- Multiple algebra
, a branch of advanced mathematics that treats of operations upon units compounded of two or more unlike units.
-- Multiple conjugation (Biol.)
, a coalescence of many cells (as where an indefinite number of amœboid cells flow together into a single mass) from which conjugation proper and even fertilization may have been evolved.
-- Multiple fruits
. (Botany) See Collective fruit , under Collective .
-- Multiple star (Astron.)
, several stars in close proximity, which appear to form a single system.
Multiple noun (Math.) A quantity containing another quantity a number of times without a remainder. » A common multiple of two or more numbers contains each of them a number of times exactly; thus, 24 is a common multiple of 3 and 4. The least common multiple is the least number that will do this; thus, 12 is the least common multiple of 3 and 4.
[ Latin multiplex
. See Multiply
.] Manifold; multiple.
Multipliable adjective [ Confer French multipliable .] Capable of being multiplied. -- Mul"ti*pli`a*ble*ness , noun
Multiplicable adjective [ Latin multiplicabilis .] Capable of being multiplied; multipliable.
[ Latin multiplicandus
to be multiplied: confer French multiplicande
.] (Math.) The number which is to be multiplied by another number called the multiplier . See Note under Multiplication .
[ Latin multiplicatus
, past participle of multiplicare
. See Multiply
.] Consisting of many, or of more than one; multiple; multifold. Multiplicate flower (Botany)
, a flower that is double, or has an unusual number of petals in consequence of the abnormal multiplication of the parts of the floral whorls.
[ Latin multiplicatio
: confer French multiplication
. See Multiply
.] 1. The act or process of multiplying, or of increasing in number; the state of being multiplied; as, the multiplication of the human species by natural generation.
The increase and multiplication of the world. Thackeray. 2. (Math.) The process of repeating, or adding to itself, any given number or quantity a certain number of times; commonly, the process of ascertaining by a briefer computation the result of such repeated additions; also, the rule by which the operation is performed; -- the reverse of division .
» The word multiplication
is sometimes used in mathematics, particularly in multiple algebra, to denote any distributive operation expressed by one symbol upon any quantity or any thing expressed by another symbol. Corresponding extensions of meaning are given to the words multiply
, and product
. Thus, since φ( x + y
) = φ x
+ φ y
(see under Distributive
), where φ( x + y
), φ x
, and φ y
indicate the results of any distributive operation represented by the symbol φ upon x + y
, and y
, severally, then because of many very useful analogies φ( x + y
) is called the product
of φ and x + y
, and the operation indicated by φ is called multiplication
. Confer Facient
, 2. 3. (Botany) An increase above the normal number of parts, especially of petals; augmentation. 4. The art of increasing gold or silver by magic, -- attributed formerly to the alchemists.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer. Multiplication table
, a table giving the product of a set of numbers multiplied in some regular way; commonly, a table giving the products of the first ten or twelve numbers multiplied successively by 1, 2, 3, etc., up to 10 or 12.
Multiplicative adjective [ Confer French multiplicatif .] Tending to multiply; having the power to multiply, or incease numbers.
Multiplicatively adverb So as to multiply.
[ Latin : confer French multiplicateur
. Confer Multiplier
.] The number by which another number is multiplied; a multiplier.
[ See Multiplex
Multiplicity noun [ Confer French multiplicité .] The quality of being multiple, manifold, or various; a state of being many; a multitude; as, a multiplicity of thoughts or objects. "A multiplicity of goods." South.
[ Confer French multiplier
. Confer Multiplicator
.] 1. One who, or that which, multiplies or increases number. 2. (Math.) The number by which another number is multiplied. See the Note under Multiplication . 3. (Physics) An instrument for multiplying or increasing by repetition or accumulation the intensity of a force or action, as heat or electricity. It is particularly used to render such a force or action appreciable or measurable when feeble. See Thermomultiplier .
Multiply transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Multiplied
; present participle & verbal noun Multiplying
.] [ French multiplier
, Latin multiplicare
, from multiplex
manifold. See Multitude
.] 1. To increase in number; to make more numerous; to add quantity to.
Impunity will multiply motives to disobedience. Ames. 2. (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 . 3. To increase (the amount of gold or silver) by the arts of alchemy.
[ Obsolete] Multiplying gear (Machinery)
, gear for increasing speed.
-- Multiplying lens
. (Opt.) See under Lens .
Multiply intransitive verb 1. 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. Gen. vi. 1. 2. To increase in extent and influence; to spread.
The word of God grew and multiplied . Acts xii. 24. 3. To increase amount of gold or silver by the arts of alchemy.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Multipolar adjective [ Multi- + polar .] (Biol.) Having many poles; -- applied especially to those ganglionic nerve cells which have several radiating processes.
[ Latin multipotens
much + potens
powerful. See Potent
.] Having manifold power, or power to do many things.
Multipresence noun The state or power of being multipresent.
The multipresence of Christ's body. Bp. Hall.
Multipresent adjective [ Multi- + present , adjective ] Being, or having the power to be, present in two or more places at once.
Multiradiate adjective [ Multi- + radiate .] Having many rays.