prime number
noun Date: 1570 any integer other than 0 or ± 1 that is not divisible without remainder by any other integers except ± 1 and ± the integer itself

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  • prime number — n. an integer that can be evenly divided by no other whole number than itself or 1, as 2, 3, 5, or 7: distinguished from COMPOSITE NUMBER …   English World dictionary

  • prime number — noun count a number that can only be divided exactly by itself and one, for example seven …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • prime number — noun an integer that has no integral factors but itself and 1 • Hypernyms: ↑prime, ↑prime quantity * * * noun : an integer other than 0 or ±1 that is not divisible without remainder by any other integers except ±1 and ± the integer itself * * *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • prime number — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms prime number : singular prime number plural prime numbers maths a number that can only be divided exactly by itself and the number 1, for example 7 …   English dictionary

  • prime number — Math. a positive integer that is not divisible without remainder by any integer except itself and 1, with 1 often excluded: The integers 2, 3, 5, and 7 are prime numbers. Also called prime. [1585 95] * * * Any positive integer greater than 1 and… …   Universalium

  • prime number — /ˈpraɪm nʌmbə/ (say pruym numbuh) noun a positive integer not exactly divisible by any integer except itself and unity: 5 is a prime number …   Australian English dictionary

  • prime number — prime′ num′ber n. math. a positive integer that is not divisible without remainder by any integer except itself and 1 • Etymology: 1585–95 …   From formal English to slang

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