multiplication

noun
mul·​ti·​pli·​ca·​tion | \ ˌməl-tə-plə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce multiplication (audio) \

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 integers
b : 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)

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Examples of multiplication in a Sentence

Students are learning multiplication and division. a disease causing uncontrolled multiplication of cells an uncontrolled multiplication of cells
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Recent Examples on the Web In South Dakota, for example, a fourth-grade student is expected to be able to solve problems using multiplication and division and draw inferences while reading. Alden Woods, ProPublica, 13 June 2021 In South Dakota, for example, a fourth-grade student is expected to be able to solve problems using multiplication and division and draw inferences while reading. Alden Woods, ProPublica, 13 June 2021 In South Dakota, for example, a fourth-grade student is expected to be able to solve problems using multiplication and division and draw inferences while reading. Alden Woods, ProPublica, 13 June 2021 In South Dakota, for example, a fourth-grade student is expected to be able to solve problems using multiplication and division and draw inferences while reading. Alden Woods, ProPublica, 13 June 2021 They are also supposed to learn multiplication and division and how to compare fractions. New York Times, 20 June 2021 In South Dakota, for example, a fourth-grade student is expected to be able to solve problems using multiplication and division and draw inferences while reading. Alden Woods, ProPublica, 13 June 2021 Thus, a bit of simple multiplication — $6,578 x 80 hours x 50,000 MW — shows that Texas consumers were overcharged by roughly $26.3 billion due to the inattention or incompetence of officials at the PUC and ERCOT. Robert Bryce, Forbes, 11 June 2021 In South Dakota, for example, a fourth-grade student is expected to be able to solve problems using multiplication and division and draw inferences while reading. Alden Woods, ProPublica, 13 June 2021

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First Known Use of multiplication

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for multiplication

Middle English multiplicacioun, from Anglo-French multiplicacion, from Latin multiplication-, multiplicatio, from multiplicare to multiply

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The first known use of multiplication was in the 14th century

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21 Aug 2021

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“Multiplication.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/multiplication. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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multiplication

noun

English Language Learners Definition of multiplication

: 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

noun
mul·​ti·​pli·​ca·​tion | \ ˌməl-tə-plə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce multiplication (audio) \

Kids Definition of multiplication

: 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.

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