common divisor


Definition of 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

Recent Examples on the Web Strategy 1 can be generalized if ƒ and t have a common divisor m that doesn’t divide d: STRATEGY 1*. The lawyer divides the coins into m equal groups with ƒ/m fake coins in each and shows that all of them are equal in weight. Nicholas Diaco, Scientific American, "Privacy and Counterfeit Coins," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of common divisor

1674, in the meaning defined above

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“Common divisor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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