highest common factor


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highest common factor

the largest number or quantity that is a factor of each member of a group of numbers or quantities

highest common factor

[′hī·əst ′käm·ən ′fak·tər]
(mathematics)
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The quotient of u by its highest common factor with [a.
Furthermore, a pretentious claim to disinterested objectivity is actually impoverishing, in that it strips away the riches peculiar to any given tradition in a search for some elusive highest common factor.
SPORTS minister Richard Caborn urged the racing and breeding industries to drive their education and training programmes towards "the highest common factor, not the lowest denominator".