long division

noun

: arithmetical division in which the several steps involved in the division are indicated in detail

Examples of long division in a Sentence

students learning to do long division
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Word History

First Known Use

1744, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of long division was in 1744

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“Long division.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/long%20division. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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long division

noun
: arithmetical division in which the several steps involved in the division are shown in detail
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