Multiple vs. Several

Multiple vs. Several — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Multiple and Several

Multipleadjective

Having, relating to, or consisting of more than one individual, element, part, or other component; manifold.

Severaladjective

Being of a number more than two or three but not many

several miles away.

Multiplenoun

A number that may be divided by another number with no remainder

4, 6, and 12 are multiples of 2.

Severaladjective

Respectively different; various

They parted and went their several ways.

Multipleadjective

More than one (followed by plural).

My Swiss Army knife has multiple blades.

Severaladjective

(Law) Regarded as separate, especially with regard to tort liability or legal obligation, such that each individual involved is fully responsible for the liability or obligation.

Multipleadjective

Having more than one element, part, component, or function, having more than one instance, occurring more than once, usually contrary to expectations (can be followed by a singular).

Some states do explicitly prohibit multiple citizenship.It was a multiple pregnancy: the woman had triplets.Multiple registrations are an increasing problem for many social networking sites.

Severaladjective

(Archaic) Single; distinct

"Pshaw! said I, with an air of carelessness, three several times" (Laurence Sterne).

Multiplenoun

(mathematics) A whole number that can be divided by another whole number with no remainder.

Severaldeterminer

(obsolete) Separate, distinct; particular.

Multiplenoun

(finance) Price-earnings ratio.

Severaldeterminer

A number of different; various. (Now merged into later senses, below)

Multiplenoun

One of a set of the same thing; a duplicate.

Severaldeterminer

Consisting of a number more than two but not very many; diverse.

Multiplenoun

A single individual who has multiple personalities.

Severaladverb

By itself; severally.

Multiplenoun

One of a set of siblings produced by a multiple birth.

Severalnoun

(obsolete) An area of land in private ownership (as opposed to common land).

Multiplenoun

A chain store.

Severalnoun

Each particular taken singly; an item; a detail; an individual. en

Multiplenoun

the product of a quantity by an integer;

36 is a multiple of 9

Severalnoun

(archaic) An enclosed or separate place; enclosure. en

Multipleadjective

having or involving or consisting of more than one part or entity or individual;

multiple birthmultiple ownershipmade multiple copies of the speechhis multiple achievements in public lifeher multiple personalitiesa pineapple is a multiple fruit

Severalnoun

(archaic) A woman's loose outer garment, capable of being worn as a shawl, or in other forms.

Severaladjective

considered individually;

the respective club membersspecialists in their several fieldsthe various reports all agreed

Severaladjective

distinct and individual;

three several times

Severaladjective

(used with count nouns) of an indefinite number more than 2 or 3 but not many;

several letters came in the mailseveral people were injured in the accident