multiplication: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (mul"tu-pli-kā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the act or process of multiplying or the state of being multiplied.
  2. a mathematical operation, symbolized by a × b, a &bultimes; b, a &startimes; 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.
  3. any generalization of this operation applicable to numbers other than integers, as fractions or irrational numbers.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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