common denominator


Definition of common denominator

1 : a common multiple of the denominators of a number of fractions
2 : a common trait or theme

Examples of common denominator in a Sentence

Drugs seem to be the common denominator in these crimes.
Recent Examples on the Web The common denominator in those three pictures, of course, was Bill Murray. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Feb. 2022 Whether it’s sending a sensitive document to the wrong person, failing to use a strong or original password, or simply losing a thumb drive or laptop, the common denominator in many cyberattacks is people. Dhiraj Kumar, Forbes, 3 June 2022 Business is the common denominator of all activities and enterprises. Jonathan Dee, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 The common denominator for Bagley the last two seasons has been injuries. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2022 But no matter the role Hudson is playing, there’s one common denominator: her glowing skin. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 13 June 2022 Embrace 'Extreme Ownership' If your employees are leaving left and right every month, look at the one common denominator: you. Expert Panel, Forbes, 8 June 2022 The one common denominator: All drivers hit the gym with the goal of improving reaction times and building strength and stability—without adding bulk, since muscle mass equals extra weight in the car. Outside Online, 21 May 2015 The common denominator is to invite your thoughts to wander, allowing your brain to breathe. Deborah Goldstein, Forbes, 21 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of common denominator

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of common denominator was in 1594

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“Common denominator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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: a common multiple of the denominators of a number of fractions

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