common multiple
Multiple Mul"ti*ple, n. (Math.) A quantity containing another quantity an integral number of times without a remainder. [1913 Webster]

Note: A

{common multiple} of two or more numbers contains each of them a number of times exactly; thus, 24 is a common multiple of 3 and 4. The

{least common multiple} is the smallest number that will do this; thus, 12 is the least common multiple of 3 and 4 (abbreviated LCM). [1913 Webster]


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  • Common multiple — Common Com mon, a. [Compar. {Commoner}; superl. {Commonest}.] [OE. commun, comon, OF. comun, F. commun, fr. L. communis; com + munis ready to be of service; cf. Skr. mi to make fast, set up, build, Goth. gamains common, G. gemein, and E. mean low …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • common multiple — n. Math. a number or quantity evenly divisible by each element of a given set [12 is a common multiple of the set 2, 3, 4, 6] …   English World dictionary

  • common multiple — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms common multiple : singular common multiple plural common multiples maths a number that can be divided exactly by two or more other numbers. 12 is a common multiple of 2, 3, and 4 …   English dictionary

  • common multiple — /kɒmən ˈmʌltəpəl/ (say komuhn multuhpuhl) noun Mathematics an integer divisible by two or more given integers. The least common multiple (or lowest common multiple) is the smallest common multiple of a set of integers …   Australian English dictionary

  • common multiple — noun Date: circa 1823 a multiple of each of two or more numbers or expressions < 90 is a common multiple of 6 and 10 > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • common multiple — com′mon mul′tiple n. math. a number that is a multiple of all the numbers of a given set: 36 is a common multiple of 2, 3, and 4[/ex] • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • common multiple — Math. a number that is a multiple of all the numbers of a given set. [1885 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • common multiple — noun an integer that is a multiple of two or more other integers • Hypernyms: ↑integer, ↑whole number …   Useful english dictionary

  • common multiple — noun A number which is the result of multiplying two or more whole numbers together …   Wiktionary

  • common multiple — number which can be divided by two or more numbers without leaving a remainder (Mathematics) …   English contemporary dictionary

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