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sieve of Eratosthenes

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noun Mathematics.
  1. a method of obtaining prime numbers by sifting out the composite numbers from the set of natural numbers so that only prime numbers remain.
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Origin of sieve of Eratosthenes

First recorded in 1795–1805
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