Definition of eightfold in US English:



  • 1Eight times as great or as numerous.

    ‘an eightfold increase in expenditure’
    • ‘Last year there were 1,200, that's an eightfold increase.’
    • ‘In addition, one study reported an eightfold increase in a medication-resistant food-poisoning bacteria after the antibiotic was approved to be used in chickens.’
    • ‘That figure allowed him to increase the number of users from one to three, but it's still an eightfold increase in his annual payment, which is always required up front.’
    • ‘You and I know that an eightfold increase is hardly a cut, but that's not how it would play in Washington.’
    • ‘A British epidemiologist cites an eightfold increase in maternal death following elective cesarean section above the death rate associated with normal birth.’
    • ‘The comparison of these drivers with drivers who identified themselves as alert or relaxed, which is most relevant to usual driving, resulted in an eightfold increase in risk.’
    • ‘In this configuration, the maximum throughput for the database drives showed an eightfold speed increase over the old hardware.’
    • ‘There has been a significant increase in drug related deaths in England and Wales over the last twenty years with an eightfold increase in drug-related deaths between 1980 and 1998.’
    • ‘Users of oral contraceptives had an approximately eightfold increase in the risk of stroke compared with those not using these agents.’
    1. 1.1 Having eight parts or elements.
      ‘an eightfold shape’
      • ‘It is an eightfold symmetric ringlike structure consisting of 30-50 different proteins, connecting the inner and outer nuclear membranes.’
      • ‘Gardens, especially those surrounding a mausoleum, are often laid out in an eightfold shape reminiscent of Paradise.’
      • ‘From the cytoplasmic face of the nuclear envelope, nuclear pore complexes exhibit an eightfold symmetric ring structure encompassing a central lumen.’
      • ‘The Buddha sits under the tree of life to achieve nirvana via the eightfold path.’


  • By eight times; to eight times the number or amount.

    ‘claims have grown eightfold in ten years’
    • ‘Annual funding allocated by the Transport and Communications Ministry for development had increased eightfold.’
    • ‘The proliferation of diagnoses has contributed to a dramatic rise in antidepressant sales, which increased eightfold between 1990 and 2000.’
    • ‘In Manchester, the use of video evidence in courtrooms has increased eightfold since early last year.’
    • ‘Capacity rose eightfold, from 4,000 to 32,000 tons.’
    • ‘British trade with Turkey increased eightfold between 1830 and 1850.’
    • ‘He is demonstrating the skills to turn this large chunk of humanity into paying customers, boosting the customer count eightfold, from 375,000 when he arrived two years ago.’
    • ‘The death rate from alcoholic liver disease has increased eightfold in the 35-44 age group since the 1970s.’
    • ‘As a result of these and other factors, the number of single-parent families in the United States has increased nearly eightfold since 1950.’
    • ‘During the first half, the operating profit of the Spirits and Wine division outside Europe increased nearly eightfold.’
    • ‘Launched in 1999 by a team of experienced toy executives, it has established itself as the fastest-growing UK toy company, increasing its turnover eightfold in just four years of trading.’
    • ‘Over the past 10 years, the number of British visas given to Russians has increased eightfold.’
    • ‘In this group the rates have increased eightfold in men and almost sevenfold in women since the 1970s.’
    • ‘Last year, an Environmental Science and Research report warned that the number of New Zealanders dying from infectious diseases increased almost eightfold between 1988 and 2000.’
    • ‘While French domestic exports to Europe tripled, their colonial re-exports increased eightfold.’
    • ‘In his eight years as chief executive the company grew by 40 percent with services and consulting leading the growth, while its stock value increased eightfold.’
    • ‘In the late seventeenth century, the average number of copper coins minted annually was of the order of two to three hundred million; by the early nineteenth century this had increased eightfold.’
    • ‘‘We have invested significant funds in research and development and sales have increased eightfold since our first round of investment in 2000,’ Beggs said.’
    • ‘For every 50 percent decrease in the droplet diameter of a set volume of insecticide, the spray surface area is increased eightfold.’
    • ‘For example, when an animal doubles its linear dimensions, its volume increases eightfold.’
    • ‘Escalating financial demands by the company's mainland partner scotched the deal when the price to maintain the relationship quickly went up eightfold despite earlier agreements.’