# Definition of multiplication

### Definitions

noun

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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### Derived forms

multiplicational (ˌmultipliˈcational) adjective

### Definitions

1. uncountable noun

Multiplication is the process of calculating the total of one number multiplied by another. ⇒ There will be simple tests in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

2. uncountable noun

The multiplication of things of a particular kind is the process or fact of them increasing in number or amount. [+ of] ⇒ Increasing gravity is known to speed up the multiplication of cells.

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### Example sentences containing 'multiplication'

It must have been a sight easier for parents when the school day was all long multiplication and spelling. THE INNOCENTS AT HOME (A SUPERINTENDENT KENWORTHY NOVEL)You have to start at two and multiply the next whole number by the answer to the last multiplication...' Charlotte looks blank. GOING OUTThere was a parrot in a zoo in Ecuador that could read your mind and do multiplication. DESPERADOESThere were roughly two hundred murders in the city in a year, and she didn't want to do the grisly multiplication either. THE VENDETTA DEFENCE## Trends of 'multiplication'

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## Translations for 'multiplication'

British English: multiplication /ˌmʌltɪplɪˈkeɪʃən/ NOUN

*Multiplication*is the process of increasing greatly in number or amount....the multiplication of bacteria.- Arabic: ضَرْبُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: multiplicação
- Chinese: 繁殖
- Croatian: razmnožavanje
- Czech: násobení
- Danish: multiplikation
- Dutch: vermenigvuldiging
- European Spanish: multiplicación
- Finnish: kertolasku
- French: multiplication
- German: Multiplikation
- Greek: πολλαπλασιασμός
- Italian: moltiplicazione
- Japanese: 掛け算
- Korean: 곱셈
- Norwegian: multiplikasjon
- Polish: mnożenie
- Portuguese: multiplicação
- Romanian: multiplicare
*multiplicări* - Russian: умножение
- Spanish: multiplicación
- Swedish: multiplikation
- Thai: การคูณ
- Turkish: çarpma işlemi
- Ukrainian: множення
- Vietnamese: sự nhân

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