least common multiple


Definition of least common multiple

1 : the smallest common multiple of two or more numbers
2 : the common multiple of lowest degree of two or more polynomials

Examples of least common multiple in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To see why, think about all the multiples of 5 under 40, the least common multiple of 5 and 8. Quanta Magazine, 18 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of least common multiple

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Least common multiple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/least%20common%20multiple. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of least common multiple

: the smallest number that is a multiple of each of two or more numbers

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