perfect number


noun Mathematics.

a positive number that is equal to the sum of all positive integers that are submultiples of it, as 6, which is equal to the sum of 1, 2, and 3.

Origin of perfect number

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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British Dictionary definitions for perfect number

perfect number


noun

an integer, such as 28, that is equal to the sum of all its possible factors, excluding itself
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Science definitions for perfect number

perfect number


A positive integer that equals the sum of all of its divisors other than itself. An example is 28, whose divisors (not counting itself) are 1, 2, 4, 7, and 14, which added together give 28.
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