long division


Definition of long division

: 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
Recent Examples on the Web Her daughter’s middle school math class started with geometry, but her fifth grade at the elementary school had barely touched long division. Alden Woods, ProPublica, "The Federal Government Gives Native Students an Inadequate Education, and Gets Away With It," 6 Aug. 2020 Her daughter’s middle school math class started with geometry, but her fifth grade at the elementary school had barely touched long division. AZCentral.com, "The federal government gives Native students an inadequate education and gets away with it," 6 Aug. 2020 Day 14: Spent the entire day attempting to relearn long division. Daniel Kibblesmith, The New Yorker, "A Plague-Month Journal," 17 Apr. 2020 Brian Smith, a philosopher and a professor of artificial intelligence at the University of Toronto, noted that although students are still taught how to do long division by hand, calculators now are universally used for the task. John Markoff, New York Times, "You Can’t Spell Creative Without A.I.," 8 Apr. 2020 Will anyone care about driving skill if it's relegated to the status of long division? Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "I Raced a Self-Driving Audi To Defend Humanity's Honor," 17 Nov. 2015 Now imagine trying to grasp long division, cell structure, the Bill of Rights. Guest Columnist/cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Government's biggest cuts hurt America's smallest citizens: Ben Stein (Opinion)," 22 Apr. 2018 Maybe a genius or one of those math eggheads who can do long division, but not regular people like him. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Does Donald Trump Struggle With Reading? An Investigation," 22 Sep. 2017 Austin Peay entered the night with the nation's longest Division I-A losing streak at 27 games. Tom Groeschen, Cincinnati.com, "Instant analysis: UC gets past Austin Peay," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of long division

1744, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of long division was in 1744

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10 Aug 2020

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“Long division.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/long%20division. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of long division

mathematics : a way of dividing one number by another number that involves several steps which are written out

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Kids Definition of long division

: division in arithmetic that involves several steps that are written out

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