Part of speech: adjective

Consisting of more than one; manifold.

Part of speech: noun

A quantity exactly divisible by another.

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Usage examples "multiple":

  1. As a matter of fact, the body, in its earliest state, is a mere multiple of such units; and in its perfect condition, it is a multiple of such units, variously modified. - "Autobiography and Selected Essays", Thomas Henry Huxley.
  2. This multiple origin becomes more definite in the theory of Agni's three births: he is born on earth from the friction of fire sticks, in the clouds as lightning, and in the highest heavens as the Sun or celestial light. - "Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3) An Historical Sketch", Charles Eliot.
  3. He had to show that they admitted of explanation without assuming multiple origins for species, which would be fatal to the theory of Descent. - "Darwin and Modern Science", A.C. Seward and Others.