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[kraws-muhl-ti-plahy, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˈmʌl tɪˌplaɪ, ˈkrɒs-/
verb (used without object), cross-multiplied, cross-multiplying. Mathematics.
to remove fractions from an equation by multiplying each side by the common multiple of the denominators of the fractions of both sides.
Also, cross multiply.
Origin of cross-multiply
First recorded in 1950-55
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cross-multiplication [kraws-muhl-ti-pli-key-shuh n, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˌmʌl tɪ plɪˌkeɪ ʃən, ˈkrɒs-/ (Show IPA), cross multiplication, noun Unabridged
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cross-multiply in Science
To multiply the numerator of one of a pair of fractions by the denominator of the other.
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