Definition of quintuple in English:

quintuple

Line breaks: quin|tu¦ple
Pronunciation: /ˈkwɪntjʊp(ə)l
 
, kwɪnˈtjuːp(ə)l
 
/

adjective

[attributive]
  • 1Consisting of five parts or things: the microscope has a motorized revolving quintuple nosepiece
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    • Ministers, who will formally announce the plan tomorrow, insist the quintuple jab is safe, and a positive development for parents because it replaces the whooping cough vaccine, which contained mercury.
    • Some doctors feared the confusion could lead to concern that the public might turn against the quintuple jab, despite universal agreement that it is an improvement on earlier vaccines.
    • To add to the usual litany of woes that go with ageing, he's had a quintuple heart bypass.
  • 1.1Five times as much or as many: special effects modes on these cameras include quintuple exposure
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    • The thing about being independent is that all the profits are quadruple, quintuple what someone on a major label would make.
  • 1.2(Of time in music) having five beats in a bar.
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    • His Arraché is a technically challenging piece that ends in a quintuple fugue, demanding the sort of concentration that had wavered during rehearsal the day before.

verb

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  • Increase or cause to increase fivefold: [no object]: the company’s revenues would quintuple over the next decade [with object]: Germany had quintupled her sulphuric acid production since 1880
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    • Between 1859 and 1876, the number of pickpockets brought to trial by the district attorney nearly quintupled, increasing from 52 to 242.
    • Revenues nearly tripled over that period, and profits quintupled.
    • For example, from 1933 to 1945 the number of union members quintupled, from under 3 million to 15 million.

noun

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  • A fivefold number or amount; a set of five.

Derivatives

quintuply

adverb
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  • My website design is so overly complex (can you say quintuply nested tables?) that it'll take him a long time to figure out how it works.

Origin

late 16th century: via French from medieval Latin quintuplus, from Latin quintus 'fifth' + -plus as in duplus (see duple).

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