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.
Make or become eight times as numerous or as large.
- ‘Doctors' salaries have octupled, and 22 million vaccination doses have been given to Iraqi children.’
- ‘The penalty shoot-out is unfair because it puts completely unfamiliar demands on a person and then it octuples the stakes.’
Early 17th century: from French octuple or Latin octuplus (both adjectives), from octo ‘eight’ + -plus (as in duplus ‘double’).
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