# Meaning of multiplication in English

## Noun

multiplication### Etymology

late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin multiplicatio(n-), from multiplicare (see multiply)### Definitions

1. an arithmetic operation that is the inverse of division#### Examples

- « the product of two numbers is computed »
- « the multiplication of four by three gives twelve »
- « four times three equals twelve »

- 2. the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production
- 3. a multiplicative increase
#### Examples

- « repeated copying leads to a multiplication of errors »
- « this multiplication of cells is a natural correlate of growth »