One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person or thing that multiplies.
- ‘They suggest that unemployment policies aimed at individuals have important consequences for other workers at home-a multiplier effect of sorts.’
- ‘Agriculture and industry benefited each other through backward and forward linkages that created multiplier effects.’
- 1.1 A quantity by which a given number (the multiplicand) is to be multiplied.
- ‘Coefficients are the multipliers in front of the independent variables in the equation.’
- ‘So the numbers to be multiplier are placed in the top and bottom of the three rows of the counting board and multiplications by single digits and additions take place in constructing the product in the middle row.’
- ‘Thus to find the product of 75 by 75, multiply the last digit of the multiplicand and the multiplier, which gives 25.’
- ‘Lay down the multiplicand in the upper row and the multiplier in the lower, with the product in between.’
- 1.2Economics The factor by which the return deriving from an expenditure exceeds the expenditure itself.
- ‘The notion of an autonomous government or investment spending that does not rely on or affect private sector savings is part of the multiplier's myth.’
- ‘He argued that where future income might be reduced or a considerable amount of capital invested, there should be a multiplier of four.’
- ‘In a case where the claimant is expected to require life-long medical assistance, the multiplier used is likely to exceed that employed in assessing damages for lost earnings.’
- ‘This sum is then multiplied by another figure, called the multiplier, which is based initially on the number of years that the loss is likely to continue.’
- ‘The concept of the multiplier is based on consumption spending and on incomes that derive from expenditure.’
- 1.3 A device for increasing by repetition the intensity of an electric current, force, etc. to a measurable level.
- ‘What other concept promises to be both an economy of force measure and a force multiplier?’
- ‘We kept the multiplier at 13x and increased the FSB frequency in several steps until we finally reached the maximum allowed frequency of 293 MHz.’
- ‘The frequency of the microwaves is adjusted until the output current of the electron multiplier is maximized, constituting the measurement of the atoms' resonance frequency.’
- ‘A majority of commercial mass spectrometers utilize an electron multiplier detector, which provides an internally amplified electrical current subsequent to exposure to charged ions.’
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