Pronunciation: (mul'tu-pul), [key]
1. consisting of, having, or involving several or many individuals, parts, elements, relations, etc.; manifold.
a. (of circuits) arranged in parallel.
b. (of a circuit or circuits) having a number of points at which connection can be made.
3. Bot.(of a fruit) collective.
1. Math.a number that contains another number an integral number of times without a remainder: 12 is a multiple of 3.
2. Elect.a group of terminals arranged to make a circuit or group of circuits accessible at a number of points at any one of which connection can be made.
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