greatest common divisor

noun

Definition of greatest common divisor

: the largest integer or the polynomial of highest degree that is an exact divisor of each of two or more integers or polynomials

called also greatest common factor

First Known Use of greatest common divisor

1660, in the meaning defined above

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“Greatest common divisor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/greatest%20common%20divisor. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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