from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of multiplying or the condition of being multiplied.
- n. Propagation of plants and animals; procreation.
- n. Mathematics The operation that, for positive integers, consists of adding a number (the multiplicand) to itself a certain number of times. The operation is extended to other real numbers according to the rules governing the multiplicational properties of positive integers.
- n. Mathematics Any of certain analogous operations involving expressions other than real numbers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The process of computing the sum of a number with itself a specified number of times, or any other analogous binary operation that combines other mathematical objects.
- n. A calculation involving multiplication.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or process of multiplying, or of increasing in number; the state of being multiplied.
- n. The process of repeating, or adding to itself, any given number or quantity a certain number of times; commonly, the process of ascertaining by a briefer computation the result of such repeated additions; also, the rule by which the operation is performed; -- the reverse of division.
- n. An increase above the normal number of parts, especially of petals; augmentation.
- n. The art of increasing gold or silver by magic, -- attributed formerly to the alchemists.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or process of multiplying or of increasing in number; the state of being multiplied: as, the multiplication of the human species by natural generation.
- n. An arithmetical process in which one number, the multiplier, is considered as an operator upon another, the multiplicand, the result, called the product, being the total number of units in as many groups as there are units in the multiplier, each group being equal in number to the multiplicand; more generally, the operation of finding the quantity which results from substituting the multiplicand in place of unity in the multiplier.
- n. (a + b) (c + d) = ac + bc + ad + bd.
- n. Under certain restrictions, all multiplication follows the associative principle, expressed by the formula a (bc) = (ab)c. According to the nature of the conjunction of units, multiplication does or does not follow the commutative principle, expressed by the formula ab = ba.
- n. Specifically, in botany, increase in the number of parts of a flower, either
- n. in the number of whorls or spiral turns, or
- n. in the number of organs (pistils, stamens, petals, or sepals) in any whorl, circle, or spiral turn. Also called augmentation. See chorisis.
- n. The supposed art of increasing gold and silver by alchemical means.
- n. A dice-game in which the highest of three dice thrown is left on the table. The remaining two are thrown again, and the higher left, and then the third is thrown as a multiplier of the sum of the other two. The player who gets the highest total in this way wins.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production
- n. an arithmetic operation that is the inverse of division; the product of two numbers is computed
- n. a multiplicative increase
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