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multiplier

[muhl-tuh-plahy-er] /ˈmʌl təˌplaɪ ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that multiplies.
2.
Arithmetic. a number by which another is multiplied.
3.
Physics. a device for intensifying some effect.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English; see multiply, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for multi pliers

multiplier

/ˈmʌltɪˌplaɪə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that multiplies
2.
the number by which another number, the multiplicand, is multiplied See also multiplicand
3.
(physics) any device or instrument, such as a photomultiplier, for increasing an effect
4.
(economics)
  1. the ratio of the total change in income (resulting from successive rounds of spending) to an initial autonomous change in expenditure
  2. (as modifier): multiplier effects
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Word Origin and History for multi pliers

multiplier

n.

late 15c., agent noun from multiply.

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multiplier
  (mŭl'tə-plī'ər)   
The number by which another number is multiplied.
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