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# multiplication (n.)

mid-14c., multiplicacioun, "any increase in size, number, or amount; act or process of increasing in number," from Old French multiplicacion (12c.) "multiplication, duplication; multiplicity, diversity," from Latin multiplicationem (nominative multiplicatio), noun of action from past-participle stem of multiplicare "to multiply, increase" (see multiply). The arithmetical sense of "process in which one number is considered as an operator on another" is attested from late 14c.

updated on March 20, 2019

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### Dictionary entries near *multiplication*

multiphase

multiple

multiplex

multiplicable

multiplicand

multiplication

multiplicative

multiplicity

multiplier

multiply

multi-ply