- the act or process of multiplying or the state of being multiplied.
- 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.
Origin of multiplication
Related Words for multiplicationamplification, recurrence, addition, increase, reduplication, augmentation, procreation, reproduction, repetition, compounding, augmenting
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Contemporary Examples of multiplication
His company names all ended in an X—EBX, OGX, MMX—because in numerology, X stands for the multiplication of wealth.The Zillionaires Who Lost Everything
October 26, 2014
The multiplication of love in the household is just pure delight.Dan Stevens Blows Up ‘Downton’: From Chubby-Cheeked Aristo to Lean, Mean American Psycho
September 19, 2014
He commissioned singer-songwriter Bob Dorough to set the multiplication tables to a rock music song.Schoolhouse Rock: A Trojan Horse of Knowledge and Power
September 6, 2014
"It was the miracle of the multiplication of gasoline," Saboia later told a Bolivian reporter.Escape from Bolivia
September 2, 2013
When working together, people experience what Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid hero, called “the multiplication of courage.”Mark Hertsgaard Analyzes the Psychology of Climate-Change Activism
July 14, 2013
Historical Examples of multiplication
In other words, animals increase not by addition but by multiplication.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
He tried to say his prayers, but could only remember the multiplication table.
There is 'The Raven,' the first primer, the multiplication table.The Paliser case
His brothers were incapable even of the multiplication table.Red Cap Tales
Samuel Rutherford Crockett
"Lily's been doing the multiplication table," cried Rosalie.Peggy Stewart at School
Gabrielle E. Jackson
- 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
Word Origin and History for multiplication
mid-14c., from Old French multiplicacion (12c.) "multiplication, duplication; multiplicity, diversity," from Latin multiplicationem (nominative multiplicatio), noun of action from past participle stem of multiplicare (see multiply). Mathematical sense is attested from late 14c.
- The act or process of multiplying or the condition of being multiplied.
- Propagation of plants and animals; procreation.
- 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.