# Multiple - Definition with Examples

## What is a Multiple?

Multiple Definition: A multiple of a number is obtained by multiplying a number by a non-zero whole number (positive integer).

For example, *a* x *b* = *c* ; *c* is a multiple of *a* and *b.*

**Multiples on a Number Line**

Multiples of any number can be easily found on a number line.

For example, to find the multiples of any number. Start at 0 and count the number of steps in the same size.

The multiples of 3 (are shown in the image here) are 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18…. so on.

**Common Multiples**

A number divisible by two or more numbers without a remainder is known as common multiple of those numbers. For example, 12 is a common multiple of 2, 3, 4 and 6

**Multiples and Factors**

Meaning of Multiples: Multiples of a number are numbers that are completely divisible by the given number.

Meaning of Factors: Factors of a number are numbers that completely divides the given number.

In this number sentence, 12 is a multiple of 3 and 4. Also, 3 and 4 are factors of 12.

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