cross multiply


cross multiplied; cross multiplying; cross multiplies

intransitive verb

: to clear an equation of fractions when each side consists of a fraction with a single denominator by multiplying the numerator of each side by the denominator of the other side and equating the two products obtained
cross multiplication noun

Examples of cross multiply in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In primary four, words finally give birth and cross multiply on my tongue. Tega Oghenechovwen, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cross multiply was in 1951

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“Cross multiply.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

cross multiply

: to multiply the numerator of each side of a proportion by the denominator of the other side
cross multiplication noun
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