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multi-ply

[muhl-tee-plahy, muhl-tahy-] /ˌmʌl tiˈplaɪ, ˌmʌl taɪ-/
adjective
1.
having or composed of several plies:
a multi-ply fabric.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40

multiply1

[muhl-tuh-plahy] /ˈmʌl təˌplaɪ/
verb (used with object), multiplied, multiplying.
1.
to make many or manifold; increase the number, quantity, etc., of.
2.
Arithmetic. to find the product of by multiplication.
3.
to breed (animals).
4.
to propagate (plants).
5.
to increase by procreation.
verb (used without object), multiplied, multiplying.
6.
to grow in number, quantity, etc.; increase.
7.
Arithmetic. to perform the process of multiplication.
8.
to increase in number by procreation or natural generation.
Origin
1225-75; Middle English multiplien < Old French multiplier < Latin multiplicāre. See multi-, ply2
Related forms
self-multiplied, adjective
self-multiplying, adjective
unmultiplied, adjective
unmultiplying, adjective
Synonyms
6. magnify, enlarge, intensify.

multiply2

[muhl-tuh-plee] /ˈmʌl tə pli/
adverb
1.
in several or many ways; in a multiple manner; manifoldly.
Origin
1880-85; multiple + -ly
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  • If those claims multiply or rise in price, that does not mean aggregate wealth has increased.
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  • Nobody knows how many there are, but think of a number and multiply it.
  • multiply the length times width of an average cork, and then the length times width of the area to be covered.
  • They multiply by parthenogenesis-from unfertilized eggs.
British Dictionary definitions for multiply

multiply

/ˈmʌltɪˌplaɪ/
verb -plies, -plying, -plied
1.
to increase or cause to increase in number, quantity, or degree
2.
(transitive) to combine (two numbers or quantities) by multiplication
3.
(intransitive) to increase in number by reproduction
Derived Forms
multipliable, multiplicable, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French multiplier, from Latin multiplicāre to multiply, from multus much, many + plicāre to fold
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Word Origin and History for multiply
v.

mid-12c., multeplier, "to cause to become many," from Old French multiplier, mouteplier (12c.) "increase, get bigger; flourish; breed; extend, enrich," from Latin multiplicare "to increase," from multiplex (genitive multiplicis) "having many folds, many times as great in number," from comb. form of multus (see multi-) + -plex "-fold," from PIE *plek- "to plait" (see ply (v.1.)). Mathematical sense is attested from late 14c. Related: Multiplied; multiplying.

multi-ply

adj.

1950, from multi- + ply (n.).

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multiply in Medicine

multiply mul·ti·ply (mŭl'tə-plī')
v. mul·ti·plied, mul·ti·ply·ing, mul·ti·plies

  1. To increase the amount, number, or degree of.

  2. To breed or propagate.

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multiply in Science
multiply
  (mŭl'tə-plī')   
To perform multiplication on a pair of quantities.
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