Definition of multiplication
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 (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 Anglo-French multiplicacion, from Latin multiplication-, multiplicatio, from multiplicare to multiply
First Known Use: 14th century
MULTIPLICATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition 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
Definition 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.
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