Multiple
Multiple Mul"ti*ple, a. [Cf. F. multiple, and E. quadruple, and multiply.] Containing more than once, or more than one; consisting of more than one; manifold; repeated many times; having several, or many, parts. [1913 Webster]

{Law of multiple proportion} (Chem.), the generalization that when the same elements unite in more than one proportion, forming two or more different compounds, the higher proportions of the elements in such compounds are simple multiples of the lowest proportion, or the proportions are connected by some simple common factor; thus, iron and oxygen unite in the proportions {FeO}, {Fe2O3}, {Fe3O4}, in which compounds, considering the oxygen, 3 and 4 are simple multiplies of 1. Called also the {Law of Dalton} or {Dalton's Law}, from its discoverer.

{Multiple algebra}, a branch of advanced mathematics that treats of operations upon units compounded of two or more unlike units.

{Multiple conjugation} (Biol.), a coalescence of many cells (as where an indefinite number of am[oe]boid cells flow together into a single mass) from which conjugation proper and even fertilization may have been evolved.

{Multiple fruits}. (Bot.) See {Collective fruit}, under {Collective}.

{Multiple star} (Astron.), several stars in close proximity, which appear to form a single system. [1913 Webster]


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  • multiple — [ myltipl ] adj. et n. m. • 1572 math.; multiplice 1380; lat. multiplex 1 ♦ Qui n est pas simple. Qui est composé de plusieurs éléments de nature différente, ou qui se manifeste sous des formes différentes. ⇒ divers. « Ce vaste et multiple monde… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • múltiple — adjetivo 1. Que encierra complejidad, diversidad o variedad, o se compone de elementos de diferente naturaleza: actividad múltiple, aspecto múltiple. Tengo una rotura múltiple. La bomba es una trampa múltiple. 2. (en plural; antepuesto /… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • Multiple — Mul ti*ple, n. (Math.) A quantity containing another quantity an integral number of times without a remainder. [1913 Webster] Note: A {common multiple} of two or more numbers contains each of them a number of times exactly; thus, 24 is a common… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • multiple — I adjective abundant, aggregate, ample, assorted, composed of several elements, considerable, different, divergent, diverse, diversified, generous, innumerable, many, miscellaneous, mixed, more than one, multifarious, multifold, multiplex,… …   Law dictionary

  • múltiple — (Del b. lat. multĭplus, con la t. de doble). 1. adj. Vario, de muchas maneras, en oposición a simple. 2. muchos (ǁ abundantes). De esta novela se han hecho múltiples ediciones. ☛ V. eco múltiple, enlace múltiple, esclerosis múltiple, estrella… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • multiple — (adj.) 1640s, involving many parts, from Fr. multiple (14c.), from L.L. multiplus manifold, from L. multi many, much (see MULTI (Cf. multi )) + plus fold, (see FOLD (Cf. fold)). The noun is from 1680s, in mathematics, from the adjective. Multiple …   Etymology dictionary

  • múltiple — de muchas maneras o en muchas ocasiones; que ocurre en varias partes del cuerpo CIE 10 [véase http://www.iqb.es/patologia/multiple.htm] Diccionario ilustrado de Términos Médicos.. Alvaro Galiano. 2010 …   Diccionario médico

  • Multiple —   [ mʌltɪpl, englisch] das, s/ s, in der zeitgenössischen Kunst Bezeichnung für ein Kunstobjekt, das in mehreren Exemplaren hergestellt wurde.   Literatur:   M., bearb. v. R. Block u. a., Ausst. Kat. (1974);   Das Jh. des M., hg. v. Z. Felix,… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • multiple — / multifarious [adj] diversified, miscellaneous assorted, collective, conglomerate, different, diverse, diversiform, heterogeneous, indiscriminate, legion, manifold, many, mixed, motley, multiform, multiplex, multitudinal, multitudinous, numerous …   New thesaurus

  • multiple — Multiple. adj. Terme d Arithmetique. Il se dit en parlant d un nombre qui en contient un autre plusieurs fois sans residu. Le nombre de quinze est multiple de trois & de cinq …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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