Meaning of MULTIPLICATION in English


— multiplicational , adj.

/mul'teuh pli kay"sheuhn/ , n.

1. the act or process of multiplying or the state of being multiplied.

2. Arith. a mathematical operation, symbolized by a × b, a · b, a * b, or ab, and signifying, when a and b are positive integers, that a is to be added to itself as many times as there are units in b; the addition of a number to itself as often as is indicated by another number, as in 2×3 or 5×10.

3. Math. any generalization of this operation applicable to numbers other than integers, as fractions or irrational numbers.

[ 1350-1400; ME multiplicacio ( u ) n multiplication- (s. of multiplicatio ). See MULTI-, PLICATION ]

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