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greatest common divisor

the largest number that is a common divisor of a given set of numbers.
Abbreviation: G.C.D.
Also called greatest common factor, highest common factor.
Origin of greatest common divisor
1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It took the 145mind off the finding of the greatest common divisor.

    Emmy Lou George Madden Martin
  • The Executive is the greatest common divisor of a diverse society.

    Behind the Mirrors Clinton W. Gilbert
  • The greatest common divisor of all the elements in the nation's political consciousness today is inevitably a Mr. Harding.

    Behind the Mirrors Clinton W. Gilbert
  • The reader probably never has had occasion to compute a greatest common divisor since he left school.

    The Psychology of Arithmetic Edward L. Thorndike
British Dictionary definitions for greatest common divisor

greatest common divisor

another name for highest common factor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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greatest common divisor in Technology

(GCD) A function that returns the largest positive integer that both arguments are integer multiples of.
See also Euclid's Algorithm. Compare: lowest common multiple.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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