long division

  1. division, usually by a number of two or more digits, in which each step of the process is written down.

Origin of long division

First recorded in 1820–30

Words Nearby long division

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How to use long division in a sentence

  • long division ought to be easy and interesting for a child who knew that it was something used in computing batting averages.

    The Boy Grew Older | Heywood Broun
  • The second method of long division is one of the several types of the old “scratch method.”

    William Oughtred | Florian Cajori
  • She might be a nursery governess if only she could be sure of herself at long division, or—horrid alternative—a useful help.

    Olive in Italy | Moray Dalton
  • Trying to find the truth in one of his stories severely taxes one's aptitude in long division.

  • None of the men could teach Susan "long division" or understand why a girl should insist upon learning it.