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least common denominator

n. Abbr. lcd
The least common multiple of the denominators of a set of fractions: The least common denominator of 1/3 and 1/4 is 12. Also called lowest common denominator.

least common denominator

n
(Mathematics) another name for lowest common denominator

least′ com′mon denom′inator


n.
the smallest number that is a common denominator of a given set of fractions. Also called lowest common denominator.
[1870–75]
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