Definition of multiplication in English:



mass noun
  • 1The process or skill of multiplying.

    ‘we need to use both multiplication and division to find the answers’
    count noun ‘these formulae involve a number of multiplications’
    • ‘While some problems needed only division or multiplication to solve, others used fractions or multiple steps.’
    • ‘The work contains 11 chapters, one each on topics such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, square roots and cube roots.’
    • ‘One could verify this by doing two different long multiplications and checking that they give the same answer.’
    • ‘There I learned addition, multiplication, division and subtraction, mostly from several private tutors.’
    • ‘Topics considered include addition and subtraction of decimal numbers followed by multiplication and division of decimal numbers.’
    • ‘They should also be able to understand basic maths and geometry, including fractions, decimals, multiplication and division.’
    • ‘It could perform basic arithmetic: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and it could calculate square roots.’
    • ‘These teachers thought it inappropriate to ask kindergartners and first and second graders to experience multiplications, divisions, fractions and decimals at such an early age.’
    • ‘Take all the products of these multiplications and add them together.’
    • ‘Try the same multiplications as above: 32x65 and 31x65.’
    • ‘Distraction was based on arithmetic equations (additions, subtractions, multiplications, and divisions) displayed for 10 seconds in a corner of the screen.’
    • ‘These growth programs are specified when the elements are initially patterned and involve both cell multiplication and matrix secretion.’
    • ‘People who needed to do many multiplications or divisions probably looked the answers up in a table, or hired someone who could.’
    • ‘Anyone who studies mathematics should not be afraid of the difficulty of multiplication and division, but should be afraid of the mysteries of manipulating fractions.’
    • ‘Magiste compared performance of strong German-Swedish bilinguals and German-dominant monolinguals on arithmetic tasks that required a series of simple additions, subtractions, multiplications or divisions.’
    • ‘These dietary conditions lead to rapid multiplication of the clostridial bacteria in the gut of the sheep.’
    • ‘IBM's new supercomputer, Blue Gene, may do close to one quadrillion multiplications per second.’
    • ‘The tiny tots tried to explain about maths with the use of small pebbles by counting, addition, subtraction and multiplication.’
    • ‘As well, division is typically learned relative to multiplication (as subtraction is learned relative to addition).’
    • ‘In one drawing, the child is skirted, maybe in a tutu, in the midst of a group of other children - who may be multiplications of herself - and she has lost one shoe.’
    expansion, growth, increase in size, extension, amplification, augmentation, topping up, building up, addition, supplementing
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    1. 1.1Mathematics The process of combining matrices, vectors, or other quantities under specific rules to obtain their product.
      • ‘Bombelli was the first person to write down the rules for addition, subtraction and multiplication of complex numbers.’
      • ‘For matrix multiplication, vectors without superscript are treated as columns and vectors with the T superscript as rows.’
      • ‘The dots used above do not mean a matrix or vector multiplication in the strict sense.’
      • ‘Cayley gave a matrix algebra defining addition, multiplication, scalar multiplication and inverses.’
      • ‘In particular, the Hindu astronomer Brahmagupta worked out the rules for addition, subtraction and multiplication by zero.’
      growth, rise, enlargement, expansion, extension, elevation, swelling, inflation
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Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin multiplicatio(n-), from multiplicare (see multiply).