When you're talking about more than one, you're talking about multiple things. A machine with many fixtures has multiple parts. A person that seems like two totally different people on different days might have multiple personalities.

The word multiple comes from the Latin multiplus meaning "manifold." When something exists in multiple forms, it's manifold, or has many kinds. Think of a multiplex theater that can show multiple movies at once. Walk through a garden full of flowers and you'll see multiple kinds of blooms. A multiple is also a number that can be divided into another number without a remainder. Multiples of five, for example are ten, fifteen, twenty... — you get the picture.

Primary Meanings of multiple

having or involving or consisting of more than one part or entity or individual
the product of a quantity by an integer
Full Definitions of multiple

adj having or involving or consisting of more than one part or entity or individual

multiple birth”
multiple ownership”
“made multiple copies of the speech”
“his multiple achievements in public life”
“her multiple personalities”
“a pineapple is a multiple fruit”
composed of a dense cluster of separate units such as carpels or florets or drupelets
occurring in pairs
consisting of two (units or components or elements or terms)
double, doubled, two-fold, twofold
twice as great or many
double, dual, duple
consisting of or involving two parts or components usually in pairs
double, dual, three-fold, threefold, treble, two-fold, twofold
having more than one decidedly dissimilar aspects or qualities
(used technically of a device or process) having two parts
manifold, multiplex
many and varied; having many features or forms
ternary, treble, triple, triplex
having three units or components or elements
three-fold, threefold, treble, triple
three times as great or many
being three in one; used especially of the Christian Trinity
four-fold, fourfold, quadruple
four times as great or many
four-fold, fourfold, quadruple, quadruplex, quadruplicate
having four units or components
quaternary, quaternate
consisting of or especially arranged in sets of four
five-fold, fivefold, quintuple
having five units or components
sextuple, six-fold, sixfold
having six units or components
septuple, seven-fold, sevenfold
having seven units or components
eight-fold, eightfold, octuple
having eight units or components
nine-fold, ninefold, nonuple
having nine units or components
denary, ten-fold, tenfold
containing ten or ten parts
existing alone or consisting of one entity or part or aspect or individual
azygos, azygous
occurring singly; not one of a pair
one-man, one-person, one-woman
designed for or restricted to a single person
lone, lonesome, only, sole, solitary
being the only one; single and isolated from others
singular, unique
the single one of its kind
sui generis
constituting a class of its own; unique
consisting of or involving a single element or component
one-member, uninominal
based on the system of having only one member from each district (as of a legislature)
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n the product of a quantity by an integer

“36 is a multiple of 9”
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a quantity that is twice as great as another
a quantity that is three times as great as another
a quantity that is four times as great as another
lcm, least common multiple, lowest common multiple
the smallest multiple that is exactly divisible by every member of a set of numbers
Type of:
mathematical product, product
a quantity obtained by multiplication

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