a number that is a multiple of all the numbers of a given set.
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How to use common multiple in a sentence
If you’ve ever had to buy hot dogs for a cookout, you might have found yourself solving a math problem involving least common multiples.
For the vast constituencies vote merely along the line of the least common multiple of their mob minds.The New Germany | George Young
Somehow or other a well-ordered monastery represents the Least common multiple of nearly all pleasant houses.None Other Gods | 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.An Introduction to the Study of the Maya Hieroglyphs | Sylvanus Griswold Morley
He could not grasp the least common multiple of the two sides.The Necromancers | Robert Hugh Benson
British Dictionary definitions for common multiple
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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Scientific definitions for 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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