'of' Means in Algebra

Question: What does 'of' mean in algebra?

In general 'of' means associated with or a part of something.

Answer: In algebra, 'of' means to multiply.

Let's see some examples


In maths, 'of' is also considered as one of the arithmetic operations meaning multiplication within the parenthesis.

For example, we need to find one-third of 30.

Mathematically, we re-write it as1/3 of 30 = 1/3 × 30 = 10

The usage of the word 'of' in mathematics is context drive.


  • 2 out of 5 is re-written as 2/5 or 2:5
  • function of x is re-written as f(x).

Mostly, 'of' in algebra means multiplication.

Thus, In Algebra, 'of' means to multiply.