Definition of multiplication
1 : the act or process of multiplying : the state of being multiplied
2a : a mathematical operation that at its simplest is an abbreviated process of adding an integer to zero a specified number of times and that is extended to other numbers in accordance with laws that are valid for integersb : any of various mathematical operations that are analogous in some way to multiplication of the real numbers but are defined for other or larger sets of elements (such as complex numbers, vectors, matrices, or functions)
Examples of multiplication in a Sentence
Students are learning multiplication and division.
a disease causing uncontrolled multiplication of cells
an uncontrolled multiplication of cells
Origin and Etymology of multiplication
Middle English multiplicacioun, from AngloFrench multiplicacion, from Latin multiplication, multiplicatio, from multiplicare to multiply
First Known Use: 14th century
Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms
MULTIPLICATION Defined for English Language Learners
multiplication
playDefinition of multiplication for English Language Learners

mathematics : the process of adding a number to itself a certain number of times : the act or process of multiplying numbers

: an increase in the number or amount of something
MULTIPLICATION Defined for Kids
multiplication
playDefinition of multiplication for Students
: a short way of finding out what would be the result of adding one number the number of times indicated by a second number The multiplication of 7 by 3 is equal to 7 plus 7 plus 7, which gives 21.
Learn More about multiplication

See words that rhyme with multiplication Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for multiplication Spanish Central: Translation of multiplication Nglish: Translation of multiplication for Spanish speakers Britannica English: Translation of multiplication for Arabic speakers Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about multiplication
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up multiplication? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
Writing? Check your grammar now!