common multiple


Definition of common multiple

: a multiple of each of two or more numbers or expressions 90 is a common multiple of 6 and 10

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Recent Examples on the Web Twins are by far the most common multiples, and most twin pregnancies turn out fine. Anna Nowogrodzki, New York Times, "When the Baby You’re Expecting Turns Out to Be Twins (or More!)," 6 May 2019 Historically, a common multiple was around 10 to 12 times NPS. Glenn Peoples, Billboard, "Publishing's Huge Valuations, Catalogs' 'Frothy' Market Dominate at the Music Finance Forum," 13 Sep. 2019 These shapes formed from the paths of a system driven at two frequencies with no common multiple — that is, frequencies whose ratio was an irrational number, like pi or the golden mean. Quanta Magazine, "Strange Stars Pulse to the Golden Mean," 10 Mar. 2015 Most states share a common multiple-choice section of the bar exam developed by a national organization, but each has the power to set its own cut, or passing score. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "California Bar Exam to Remain One of Nation’s Most Difficult, Court Rules," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of common multiple

circa 1823, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of common multiple was circa 1823

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“Common multiple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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: a multiple of each of two or more numbers

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