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common multiple

noun, Mathematics.
1.
a number that is a multiple of all the numbers of a given set.
Origin of common multiple
1885-1890
First recorded in 1885-90
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Examples from the Web for common multiple
Historical Examples
  • He could not grasp the least common multiple of the two sides.

    The Necromancers Robert Hugh Benson
  • We must break wholes up into fractions, and then seek their common multiple.

    The Last Harvest John Burroughs
  • As these two numbers, contain no common factor, their least common multiple is their product , which is the number sought.

  • Somehow or other a well-ordered monastery represents the Least common multiple of nearly all pleasant houses.

    None Other Gods Robert Hugh Benson
  • For the vast constituencies vote merely along the line of the least common multiple of their mob minds.

    The New Germany George Young
  • Last night I had a dream in which I proved the non-existence of God by the least common multiple.

British Dictionary definitions for common multiple

common multiple

noun
1.
an integer or polynomial that is a multiple of each integer or polynomial in a group: 20 is a common multiple of 2, 4, 5, 10
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common multiple in Science
common multiple  
A number divisible by each of two or more numbers without a remainder. For example, 12 is a common multiple of 2, 3, 4, and 6.
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