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multiplication Line breaks: multi|pli|ca¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌmʌltɪplɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/

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
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • Distraction was based on arithmetic equations (additions, subtractions, multiplications, and divisions) displayed for 10 seconds in a corner of the screen.
  • 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.
1.1 Mathematics The process of combining matrices, vectors, or other quantities under specific rules to obtain their product.
Example sentences
  • The dots used above do not mean a matrix or vector multiplication in the strict sense.
  • For matrix multiplication, vectors without superscript are treated as columns and vectors with the T superscript as rows.
  • Cayley gave a matrix algebra defining addition, multiplication, scalar multiplication and inverses.


Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin multiplicatio(n-), from multiplicare (see multiply1).

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