1. the smallest multiple that is exactly divisible by every member of a set of numbers;

- Example: "the least common multiple of 12 and 18 is 36"

[syn: lowest common multiple, least common multiple, lcm]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Multiple \Mul"ti*ple\, n. (Math.) A quantity containing another quantity an integral number of times without a remainder. [1913 Webster] Note: A common multiple of two or more numbers contains each of them a number of times exactly; thus, 24 is a common multiple of 3 and 4. The least common multiple is the smallest number that will do this; thus, 12 is the least common multiple of 3 and 4 (abbreviated LCM). [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

least common multiple n 1: the smallest multiple that is exactly divisible by every member of a set of numbers; "the least common multiple of 12 and 18 is 36" [syn: lowest common multiple, least common multiple, lcm]