highest common factor

noun

Definition of highest common factor

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

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First Known Use of highest common factor

1830, in the meaning defined above

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“Highest common factor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highest%20common%20factor. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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