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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Multiply \Mul"ti*ply\, verb (used with an object) [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}.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
adjective
1: greatly increased as by multiplication
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