common divisor


: a number or expression that divides two or more numbers or expressions without remainder

called also common factor

Examples of common divisor in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1557, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of common divisor was in 1557

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“Common divisor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

common divisor

: a number that divides two or more numbers without remainder
4 is a common divisor of 12, 24, and 36

called also common factor

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