a person or thing that multiplies.
Arithmetic. a number by which another is multiplied.
Physics. a device for intensifying some effect.

1425–75; late Middle English; see multiply, -er1 Unabridged
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multiplier (ˈmʌltɪˌplaɪə)
1.  a person or thing that multiplies
2.  See also multiplicand the number by which another number, the multiplicand, is multiplied
3.  physics any device or instrument, such as a photomultiplier, for increasing an effect
4.  economics
 a.  the ratio of the total change in income (resulting from successive rounds of spending) to an initial autonomous change in expenditure
 b.  (as modifier): multiplier effects

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multiplier   (mŭl'tə-plī'ər)  Pronunciation Key 
The number by which another number is multiplied.
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Example sentences
However, the late adolescents were more swayed and parted with significantly
  more points as their partner's multiplier increased.
The researchers simply applied a unique multiplier to each set of data in order
  to come up with the estimates.
But by interweaving several stories, the movie suffers from a peculiar
  multiplier effect: it deepens its shallowness.
The multiplier is also likely to vary according to the type of fiscal action.
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