Euclidean algorithm


Definition of Euclidean algorithm

: a method of finding the greatest common divisor of two numbers by dividing the larger by the smaller, the smaller by the remainder, the first remainder by the second remainder, and so on until exact division is obtained whence the greatest common divisor is the exact divisor

called also Euclid's algorithm

First Known Use of Euclidean algorithm

circa 1955, in the meaning defined above

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“Euclidean algorithm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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