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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about greatest common divisor

Share greatest common divisor

Statistics for greatest common divisor

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for greatest common divisor

The first known use of greatest common divisor was in 1660

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on greatest common divisor

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about greatest common divisor

Comments on greatest common divisor

What made you want to look up greatest common divisor? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

occurring twice a year or every two years

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!