Product vs Multiple - What's the difference?

product | multiple |

As a noun product

is a commodity offered for sale.

As an adjective multiple is


Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • A commodity offered for sale.
  • Any preparation to be applied to the hair, skin, nails, etc.
  • Anything that is produced; a result.
  • * (John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • the product of those ill-mated marriages.
  • * (Edmund Burke) (1729-1797)
  • These institutions are the products of enthusiasm.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2014-06-21, volume=411, issue=8892, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title=[ Magician’s brain] , passage=The truth is that [Isaac] Newton was very much a product of his time. The colossus of science was not the first king of reason, Keynes wrote after reading Newton’s unpublished manuscripts. Instead “he was the last of the magicians”.}}
  • # The amount of an artifact that has been created by someone or some process.
  • # A consequence of someone's efforts or of a particular set of circumstances.
  • # (label) A chemical substance formed as a result of a chemical reaction.
  • # (arithmetic) A quantity obtained by multiplication of two or more numbers.
  • # (label) Any operation or a result thereof which generalises multiplication of numbers, like the multiplicative operation in a ring, product of types or a categorical product.
  • # Any tangible or intangible good or service that is a result of a process and that is intended for delivery to a customer or end user.
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  • Illegal drugs, especially cocaine, when viewed as a commodity.
  • Usage notes

    * Adjectives often applied to "product": excellent, good, great, inferior, crappy, broken, defective, cheap, expensive, reliable, safe, dangerous, useful, valuable, useless, domestic, national, agricultural, industrial, financial.


    * (items for sale) merchandise, wares, goods * (amount created by a process) production, output, creation

    Derived terms

    * by-product * categorical product * end product * finished product * gross domestic product, gross national product * product placement * product recall

    See also

    * addition, summation: (augend) + (addend) = (summand) × (summand) = (sum, total) * subtraction: (minuend) ? (subtrahend) = (difference) * multiplication: (multiplier) × (multiplicand) = (factor) × (factor) = (product) * division: (dividend) ÷ (divisor) = (quotient), remainder left over if divisor does not divide dividend ----



    (en adjective)
  • Having more than one element, part, component, or function, particularly many.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Catherine Clabby
  • , magazine=(American Scientist), title= Focus on Everything , passage=Not long ago, it was difficult to produce photographs of tiny creatures with every part in focus.


    * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l)


    * (many) (l) (rare)

    Derived terms

    * Law of multiple proportion (Law of Dalton) * multiple algebra * multiple conjugation * multiple exposure * multiple fruits * multiple orgasm * multiple star


    (en noun)
  • (mathematics) A number that may be divided by another number with no remainder.
  • * 14, 21 and 70 are multiples of 7
  • (finance) Price-earnings ratio.
  • One of a set of the same thing; a duplicate.
  • A single individual who has multiple personalities.
  • * 2010 , Ann M. Garvey, Ann's Multiple World of Personality: Regular No Cream, No Sugar
  • I had seen its first show when it was a freebie, but I thought it made multiples in general look silly – no one changes clothes THAT much!
  • * 2000 , Henk Driessen, ?Ton Otto, Perplexities of identification (page 115)
  • Non-abused multiples have no need of doctors, and they have carved out a foothold of their own from where they speak confidently about their utopian vision of a multiple world.

    Derived terms

    * common multiple * least common multiple