One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1attributive Consisting of eight parts or things.
- ‘I couldn't decide whether to feel old and boring or as if I was 14 and on an octuple date.’
- ‘The five octuple launchers are installed with the caps almost flush with the surface of the bow deck behind the main gun.’
- 1.1 Eight times as many or as much.‘each over-amplified leap or octuple pirouette’in combination ‘their album went octuple-platinum’
Make or become eight times as numerous or as large.with object ‘the new town populations have trebled the additions to the rural community, and in the case of Massachusetts have octupled them’no object ‘prices doubled and quadruple and octupled’
- ‘The penalty shoot-out is unfair because it puts completely unfamiliar demands on a person and then it octuples the stakes.’
- ‘Doctors' salaries have octupled, and 22 million vaccination doses have been given to Iraqi children.’
Early 17th century: from French octuple or Latin octuplus (both adjectives), from octo ‘eight’ + -plus (as in duplus ‘double’).
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