common multiple


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

Examples of common multiple in a Sentence

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, 6 May 2019 Historically, a common multiple was around 10 to 12 times NPS. Glenn Peoples, Billboard, 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, 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, 19 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1714, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of common multiple was in 1714

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“Common multiple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

common multiple

: a number that is a multiple of each of two or more numbers
20 is a common multiple of 5 and 4
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