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# multiplication

[ muhl-t*uh*-pli-**key**-sh*uh*n ]

## noun

*Arithmetic.*a mathematical operation, symbolized by*a*×*b, a ⋅ b, a ∗ b,*or*ab,*and signifying, when*a*and*b*are positive integers, that*a*is to be added to itself as many times as there are units in*b;*the addition of a number to itself as often as is indicated by another number, as in 2×3 or 5×10.*Mathematics.*any generalization of this operation applicable to numbers other than integers, as fractions or irrational numbers.

multiplication

/ ˌmʌltɪplɪˈkeɪʃən /

## noun

- an arithmetical operation, defined initially in terms of repeated addition, usually written
*a*×*b, a.b,*or*ab,*by which the product of two quantities is calculated: to multiply*a*by positive integral*b*is to add*a*to itself*b*times. Multiplication by fractions can then be defined in the light of the associative and commutative properties; multiplication by 1/*n*is equivalent to multiplication by 1 followed by division by*n:*for example 0.3 × 0.7 = 0.3 × 7 10 = (0.3 × 7)/10 = 2 1 10 = 0.21 - the act of multiplying or state of being multiplied
- the act or process in animals, plants, or people of reproducing or breeding

multiplication

/ mŭl′tə-plĭ-kā**′**shən /

- A mathematical operation performed on a pair of numbers in order to derive a third number called a product. For positive integers, multiplication consists of adding a number (the multiplicand) to itself a specified number of times. Thus multiplying 6 by 3 means adding 6 to itself three times. The operation of multiplication is extended to other real numbers according to the rules governing the multiplicative properties of positive integers.
- Any of certain analogous operations involving mathematical objects other than numbers.

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## Derived Forms

**ˌmultipliˈcational**, adjective

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## Other Words From

**multi·pli·cation·al**adjective**nonmul·ti·pli·cation**noun**nonmul·ti·pli·cation·al**adjective**over·multi·pli·cation**noun**remul·ti·pli·cation**noun

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## Word History and Origins

Origin of multiplication^{1}

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## Example Sentences

You kind of arrest things very early, so either maybe there is no disease or just very limited virus multiplication.

They were doing subtraction and addition and multiplication today, it must have been third grade.

This approach — a common way of trying to prove that rewriting systems terminate — would allow them to think of transformations of symbols as matrix multiplication.

Where Kobe and Shaq dealt in addition, LeBron and AD deal in multiplication.

Mathematicians say the group of real numbers is “closed” under multiplication, meaning that you never leave the group just by multiplying elements.

His company names all ended in an X—EBX, OGX, MMX—because in numerology, X stands for the multiplication of wealth.

The multiplication of love in the household is just pure delight.

He commissioned singer-songwriter Bob Dorough to set the multiplication tables to a rock music song.

"It was the miracle of the multiplication of gasoline," Saboia later told a Bolivian reporter.

When working together, people experience what Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid hero, called “the multiplication of courage.”

We have seen enough elsewhere of the multiplication of Commentaries on the Sentences of the Lombard and other scholastic works.

How many of the most important affairs of life can be demonstrated by means of the multiplication table?

Will the multiplication of red corpuscles continue so that men may become acclimatised much higher?

The majority of you no doubt know what the multiplication-table is, and I am sure you have thought it a pretty disagreeable thing.

The captain is an ambitious ass, he couldn't think his way through a multiplication table.

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