One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sign, especially ×, used to indicate that one quantity is to be multiplied by another, as in 2×3=6.
- ‘Our modern multiplication sign (×) seems to have been invented by the British mathematician William Oughtred.’
- ‘However, in one of the boxes a multiplication sign appears as a plus sign, which some action groups fear well prove confusing for members who are not familiar with these calculations.’
multiplication sign/məltəpləˈkāSHən ˌsīn/
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