# multiplication

In math, multiplication is when you add a number to itself a certain number of times. The multiplication of 3 times 2 gives you an answer of 6. if you put two bunnies in a cage and end up with six, that's a different type of multiplication.

Multiplication falls under the mathematical category of arithmetic, and it's usually taught after addition and subtraction. When you memorize your times tables in school, you're learning multiplication. In science, the word multiplication is sometimes used to talk about the increase of an organism through generations of reproducing, like the multiplication of a farmer's sheep flock as more lambs are born. The Latin root word is multiplicare, "to increase."

Definitions of multiplication
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### n an arithmetic operation that is the inverse of division; the product of two numbers is computed

“the multiplication of four by three gives twelve”
Synonyms:
times
Type of:
arithmetic operation
a mathematical operation involving numbers

### n a multiplicative increase

“repeated copying leads to a multiplication of errors”
“this multiplication of cells is a natural correlate of growth”
Types:
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doubling
increase by a factor of two
increase by a factor of four
quintupling
increasing by a factor of five
tripling
increase by a factor of three
Type of:
growth, increase, increment
a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important

### n the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production

Synonyms:
generation, propagation
Types:
biogenesis, biogeny
the production of living organisms from other living organisms
Type of:
breeding, facts of life, procreation, reproduction
the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring