Multiple star
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 star — Star Star (st[aum]r), n. [OE. sterre, AS. steorra; akin to OFries. stera, OS. sterro, D. ster, OHG. sterno, sterro, G. stern, Icel. stjarna, Sw. stjerna, Dan. stierne, Goth. sta[ i]rn[=o], Armor. & Corn. steren, L. stella, Gr. asth r, a stron,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • multiple star — n. Astron. three or more stars forming one gravitational system that appear to be a single star or a binary star …   English World dictionary

  • Multiple star — Artist s impression of the orbits of HD 188753, a triple star system A multiple star consists of three or more stars which appear from the Earth to be close to one another in the sky. This may result from the stars being physically close and… …   Wikipedia

  • multiple star — noun a) Multiple stars which form a stellar system, such that they orbit the point of equilibrium of their gravitational fields; a multiple star system. b) Multiple stars that appear to be one when seen with the naked eye, either because they… …   Wiktionary

  • multiple star — mul′tiple star′ n. astron. a system of three or more stars appearing as one star to the naked eye • Etymology: 1840–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • multiple star — noun a system of three or more stars associated by gravity • Hypernyms: ↑star • Hyponyms: ↑Trapezium • Instance Hyponyms: ↑Castor, ↑Alpha Geminorum …   Useful english dictionary

  • multiple star — noun Date: circa 1850 several stars in close proximity that appear to form a single system …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • multiple star — Astron. three or more stars lying close together in the celestial sphere and usually united in a single gravitational system. [1840 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • multiple star — noun a group of stars very close together as seen from the earth, especially one whose members are in fact close together and rotate around a common centre …   English new terms dictionary

  • multiple star — /mʌltəpəl ˈsta/ (say multuhpuhl stah) noun three or more stars lying close together in the celestial sphere and usually united in a single local gravitational system …   Australian English dictionary

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