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.
adv : in several ways; in a multiple manner; "they were multiply
checked for errors" [ant: singly]
v 1: combine by multiplication; "multiply 10 by 15" [ant: divide]
2: combine or increase by multiplication; "He managed to
multiply his profits" [syn: manifold]
3: have young (animals); "pandas rarely breed in captivity"
4: have offspring or young; "The deer in our neighborhood
reproduce madly"; "The Catholic Church tells people to
procreate, no matter what their economic situation may be"
[syn: reproduce, procreate]
adj : greatly increased as by multiplication