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[muhl-tuh-plahy-er] /ˈmʌl təˌplaɪ ər/
a person or thing that multiplies.
Arithmetic. a number by which another is multiplied.
Physics. a device for intensifying some effect.
Origin of multiplier
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; see multiply1, -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for multiplier
  • However, the late adolescents were more swayed and parted with significantly more points as their partner's multiplier increased.
  • The controversial part of the theory has to do with multiplier effects.
  • 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.
  • The multiplier is roughly how much bang the government gets for its spending buck.
  • Today's economists disagree over the size of this multiplier.
  • The multiplier effect for jobs dollars is in that range and there is no reason to expect it to be different for increased costs.
  • Another way to look at the situation is through the money multiplier.
  • Can you please explain to me the counter-current multiplier mechanism.
British Dictionary definitions for multiplier


a person or thing that multiplies
the number by which another number, the multiplicand, is multiplied See also multiplicand
(physics) any device or instrument, such as a photomultiplier, for increasing an effect
  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 multiplier

late 15c., agent noun from multiply.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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multiplier in Science
The number by which another number is multiplied.
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