Mul"ti*ply (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Multiplied (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Multiplying (?).] [F. multiplier, L. multiplicare, fr. multiplex manifold. See Multitude, Complex.]

1.

To increase in number; to make more numerous; to add quantity to.

Impunity will multiply motives to disobedience. Ames.

2. Math.

To add (any given number or quantity) to itself a certain number of times; to find the product of by multiplication; thus 7 multiplied by 8 produces the number 56; to multiply two numbers. See the Note under Multiplication.

3.

To increase (the amount of gold or silver) by the arts of alchemy.

[Obs.]

Multiplying gear Mach., gear for increasing speed. -- Multiplying lens. Opt. See under Lens.

 

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Mul"ti*ply, v. i.

1.

To become greater in number; to become numerous.

When men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them. Gen. vi. 1.

2.

To increase in extent and influence; to spread.

The word of God grew and multiplied. Acts xii. 24.

3.

To increase amount of gold or silver by the arts of alchemy.

[Obs.]

Chaucer.

 

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