from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A table, used as an aid in memorization, that lists the products of certain numbers multiplied together, typically the numbers 1 to 12.
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- n. A table showing the products of each of the integers from 1 to 10 (or, especially formerly, 12) with each of the integers from 1 to 10 (or 12).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a table giving the product of a set of numbers multiplied in some regular way; commonly, a table giving the products of the first ten or twelve numbers multiplied successively by 1, 2, 3, etc., up to 10 or 12. Called also a times table, used by students in elementary school prior to memorization of the table.
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The fact is, by the time you knew Comly from lid to lid; the spelling and reading, and stories with moral lessons, and definitions, multiplication table and all, and could teach it to others, you knew more than some present day country school teachers holding first grade certificates.
John Comly's speller and reader had also the multiplication table and this was a part of the education of the Comly students.
Oh! if you could have heard the account given me this morning by the poor matron of a children's hospital of her Irish "help" – that is, the eleven hindrances (maid-servants) under her immediate control (uncontrol) – you certainly would have wondered, as I often do here, whether the Irish alphabet and multiplication table are the same as those used anywhere else in the world; they seem so incapable of any but what I think must be called Irish conclusions, i.e., confusions.