Definition of eightfold in English:



  • 1Eight times as great or as numerous.

    ‘an eightfold increase in expenditure’
    • ‘Last year there were 1,200, that's an eightfold increase.’
    • ‘You and I know that an eightfold increase is hardly a cut, but that's not how it would play in Washington.’
    • ‘There has been a significant increase in drug related deaths in England and Wales over the last twenty years with an eightfold increase in drug-related deaths between 1980 and 1998.’
    • ‘A British epidemiologist cites an eightfold increase in maternal death following elective cesarean section above the death rate associated with normal birth.’
    • ‘The comparison of these drivers with drivers who identified themselves as alert or relaxed, which is most relevant to usual driving, resulted in an eightfold increase in risk.’
    • ‘In addition, one study reported an eightfold increase in a medication-resistant food-poisoning bacteria after the antibiotic was approved to be used in chickens.’
    • ‘In this configuration, the maximum throughput for the database drives showed an eightfold speed increase over the old hardware.’
    • ‘That figure allowed him to increase the number of users from one to three, but it's still an eightfold increase in his annual payment, which is always required up front.’
    • ‘Users of oral contraceptives had an approximately eightfold increase in the risk of stroke compared with those not using these agents.’
    1. 1.1Having eight parts or elements.
      ‘an eightfold shape’
      • ‘The Buddha sits under the tree of life to achieve nirvana via the eightfold path.’
      • ‘Gardens, especially those surrounding a mausoleum, are often laid out in an eightfold shape reminiscent of Paradise.’
      • ‘It is an eightfold symmetric ringlike structure consisting of 30-50 different proteins, connecting the inner and outer nuclear membranes.’
      • ‘From the cytoplasmic face of the nuclear envelope, nuclear pore complexes exhibit an eightfold symmetric ring structure encompassing a central lumen.’


  • By eight times; to eight times the number or amount.

    ‘claims have grown eightfold in ten years’
    • ‘Escalating financial demands by the company's mainland partner scotched the deal when the price to maintain the relationship quickly went up eightfold despite earlier agreements.’
    • ‘He is demonstrating the skills to turn this large chunk of humanity into paying customers, boosting the customer count eightfold, from 375,000 when he arrived two years ago.’
    • ‘Capacity rose eightfold, from 4,000 to 32,000 tons.’
    • ‘Launched in 1999 by a team of experienced toy executives, it has established itself as the fastest-growing UK toy company, increasing its turnover eightfold in just four years of trading.’
    • ‘During the first half, the operating profit of the Spirits and Wine division outside Europe increased nearly eightfold.’
    • ‘The death rate from alcoholic liver disease has increased eightfold in the 35-44 age group since the 1970s.’
    • ‘Last year, an Environmental Science and Research report warned that the number of New Zealanders dying from infectious diseases increased almost eightfold between 1988 and 2000.’
    • ‘Annual funding allocated by the Transport and Communications Ministry for development had increased eightfold.’
    • ‘The proliferation of diagnoses has contributed to a dramatic rise in antidepressant sales, which increased eightfold between 1990 and 2000.’
    • ‘In Manchester, the use of video evidence in courtrooms has increased eightfold since early last year.’
    • ‘As a result of these and other factors, the number of single-parent families in the United States has increased nearly eightfold since 1950.’
    • ‘‘We have invested significant funds in research and development and sales have increased eightfold since our first round of investment in 2000,’ Beggs said.’
    • ‘In this group the rates have increased eightfold in men and almost sevenfold in women since the 1970s.’
    • ‘In his eight years as chief executive the company grew by 40 percent with services and consulting leading the growth, while its stock value increased eightfold.’
    • ‘In the late seventeenth century, the average number of copper coins minted annually was of the order of two to three hundred million; by the early nineteenth century this had increased eightfold.’
    • ‘For every 50 percent decrease in the droplet diameter of a set volume of insecticide, the spray surface area is increased eightfold.’
    • ‘British trade with Turkey increased eightfold between 1830 and 1850.’
    • ‘For example, when an animal doubles its linear dimensions, its volume increases eightfold.’
    • ‘Over the past 10 years, the number of British visas given to Russians has increased eightfold.’
    • ‘While French domestic exports to Europe tripled, their colonial re-exports increased eightfold.’