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the act or process of multiplying or the state of being multiplied.
Arithmetic. a mathematical operation, symbolized by a × b, a ⋅ b, a ∗ b, or ab, and signifying, when a and b are positive integers, that a is to be added to itself as many times as there are units in b; the addition of a number to itself as often as is indicated by another number, as in 2×3 or 5×10.
Mathematics. any generalization of this operation applicable to numbers other than integers, as fractions or irrational numbers.

1350–1400; Middle English multiplicacio(u)n < Latin multiplicātiōn- (stem of multiplicātiō). See multi-, plication

multiplicational, adjective
nonmultiplication, noun
nonmultiplicational, adjective
overmultiplication, noun
remultiplication, noun Unabridged
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multiplication (ˌmʌltɪplɪˈkeɪʃən)
1.  an arithmetical operation, defined initially in terms of repeated addition, usually written a × b, a.b, or ab, by which the product of two quantities is calculated: to multiply a by positive integral b is to add a to itself b times. Multiplication by fractions can then be defined in the light of the associative and commutative properties; multiplication by 1/n is equivalent to multiplication by 1 followed by division by n: for example 0.3 × 0.7 = 0.3 × 7/10 = (0.3 × 7)/10 = 21/10 = 0.21
2.  the act of multiplying or state of being multiplied
3.  the act or process in animals, plants, or people of reproducing or breeding

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from Fr. multiplication (12c.), from L. multiplicationem, noun of action from multiplicare (see multiply). Mathematical sense is attested from late 14c.
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multiplication mul·ti·pli·ca·tion (mŭl'tə-plĭ-kā'shən)

  1. The act or process of multiplying or the condition of being multiplied.

  2. Propagation of plants and animals; procreation.

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multiplication   (mŭl'tə-plĭ-kā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A mathematical operation performed on a pair of numbers in order to derive a third number called a product. For positive integers, multiplication consists of adding a number (the multiplicand) to itself a specified number of times. Thus multiplying 6 by 3 means adding 6 to itself three times. The operation of multiplication is extended to other real numbers according to the rules governing the multiplicational properties of positive integers.

  2. Any of certain analogous operations involving expressions other than real numbers.

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