Etymology
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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.

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Definitions of multiplication

multiplication (n.)
the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production;
Synonyms: generation / propagation
multiplication (n.)
a multiplicative increase;
this multiplication of cells is a natural correlate of growth
repeated copying leads to a multiplication of errors
multiplication (n.)
an arithmetic operation that is the inverse of division; the product of two numbers is computed;
the multiplication of four by three gives twelve
Synonyms: times
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