# common multiple

nounMathematics.
1. a number that is a multiple of all the numbers of a given set.

## Origin of common multiple

1
First recorded in 1885–90

## Words Nearby common multiple

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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.

• He could not grasp the least common multiple of the two sides.

The Necromancers | Robert Hugh Benson

## 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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## Scientific definitions for common multiple

common multiple

1. 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.