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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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  • 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

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 multiplier
n.

late 15c., agent noun from multiply.

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