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quadruplicate

[n., adj. kwo-droo-pli-kit; v. kwo-droo-pli-keyt] /n., adj. kwɒˈdru plɪ kɪt; v. kwɒˈdru plɪˌkeɪt/
noun
1.
one of four copies or identical items, especially copies of typewritten material.
adjective
2.
consisting of four identical parts.
3.
pertaining to a fourth item or copy of something.
verb (used with object), quadruplicated, quadruplicating.
4.
to produce or copy in quadruplicate.
5.
to make four times as great.
Idioms
6.
in quadruplicate, in four identical copies.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin quadruplicātus (past participle of quadruplicāre), equivalent to quadruplic- (stem of quadruplex quadruplex) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
quadruplication, quadruplicature
[kwo-droo-pli-kuh-cher] /kwɒˈdru plɪ kə tʃər/ (Show IPA),
noun
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Examples from the web for quadruplicate
  • And have all the paperwork in triplicate or quadruplicate.
  • Any information not contained on the disk, such as studies or articles, must be submitted in quadruplicate.
British Dictionary definitions for quadruplicate

quadruplicate

adjective (kwɒˈdruːplɪkɪt; -ˌkeɪt)
1.
fourfold or quadruple
verb (kwɒˈdruːplɪˌkeɪt)
2.
to multiply or be multiplied by four
noun (kwɒˈdruːplɪkɪt; -ˌkeɪt)
3.
a group or set of four things
Derived Forms
quadruplication, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin quadruplicāre to increase fourfold
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Word Origin and History for quadruplicate
adj.

1650s, from Latin quadruplicatus, past participle of quadruplicare "make fourfold," from quadri- "four" (see quadri-) + plicare "to fold" (see ply (v.1)).

v.

1660s, from Latin quadruplicatus, past participle of quadruplicare "make fourfold," from quadri- "four" (see quadri-) + plicare "to fold" (see ply (v.1)). Related: Quadruplicated; quadruplicating.

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