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Mul·ti·ply v. t. [imp. & p. p. Multiplied p. pr. & vb. n. Multiplying ]

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.