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greatest common divisor

the largest number that is a common divisor of a given set of numbers.
Abbreviation: G.C.D.
Also called greatest common factor, highest common factor.
Origin of greatest common divisor
First recorded in 1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It took the 145mind off the finding of the greatest common divisor.

    Emmy Lou George Madden Martin
  • The Executive is the greatest common divisor of a diverse society.

    Behind the Mirrors Clinton W. Gilbert
  • The reader probably never has had occasion to compute a greatest common divisor since he left school.

    The Psychology of Arithmetic Edward L. Thorndike
  • The greatest common divisor of all the elements in the nation's political consciousness today is inevitably a Mr. Harding.

    Behind the Mirrors Clinton W. Gilbert
British Dictionary definitions for greatest common divisor

greatest common divisor

another name for highest common factor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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