greatest common divisor

noun

: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1660, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of greatest common divisor was in 1660

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“Greatest common divisor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/greatest%20common%20divisor. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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greatest common divisor

noun
: the largest whole number that is an exact divisor of each of two or more whole numbers

called also greatest common factor

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