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common divisor
noun
: 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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Assuming that the lengths of the triangle correspond to rational numbers, and are integers and have no common divisor—or so everyone thought.
—Manon Bischoff, Scientific American, 13 June 2024
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, 20 Mar. 2018
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Word History
First Known Use
1557, in the meaning defined above
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“Common divisor.” MerriamWebster.com Dictionary, MerriamWebster, https://www.merriamwebster.com/dictionary/common%20divisor. Accessed 16 Sep. 2024.
Kids Definition
common divisor
noun
: 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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