Definition of highest common factor in English:

highest common factor

(also HCF)

noun

Mathematics
  • The highest number that can be divided exactly into each of two or more numbers:

    ‘6 is the highest common factor of 12 and 18’
    • ‘3 is an element of both sets. It is the highest common factor of 9 and 12.’
    • ‘Hudde gave an ingenious method to find multiple roots of an equation which is essentially the modern method of finding the highest common factor of a polynomial and its derivative.’

Pronunciation:

highest common factor

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