common denominator

noun

Definition of common denominator

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

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Examples of common denominator in a Sentence

Drugs seem to be the common denominator in these crimes.

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From your observations as an executive producer, what are some common denominators, from a personality standpoint, among the contestants to choose to eat on camera? Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "A brief history of Bachelor and Bachelorette villains eating on camera," 2 July 2019 Ultimately Gelzer and others found there was a common denominator: grain-free dog foods, which had replaced grains with substitutes such as lentils, peas and chickpeas. Linda Carroll, NBC News, "FDA names 16 brands of dog food linked to canine heart disease," 1 July 2019 The common denominator is that the guests all share an interest in culture, which extends to the epicurean world as well. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, "Why Champagne Brands Are Partnering With Art Fairs," 29 June 2019 Maloney’s story shows how the common denominator of food can break down economic barriers. Nola.com | The Times-picayune, nola.com, "NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune wins 11 awards in national features journalism contest," 26 June 2019 So the whole system is designed to gracefully degrade to the lowest common denominator. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Jack Dorsey says now is our chance to build a global currency for the internet," 14 June 2019 The common denominator is that all the noodles, made fresh every morning, are served al dente, firm and chewy. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Upscale Dining Deals: Dinner for 2 and a bottle of wine for $45 at the Four Seasons," 26 Mar. 2019 Jail would be the common denominator in his cross-country vagabond life. Kyle Swenson, The Seattle Times, "Elderly prisoner claims he’s America’s deadliest serial killer with 90 victims. Police believe him.," 20 Nov. 2018 So, to me, that points out that there's a common denominator here. Fox News, "Outrage follows Trump-Putin summit," 18 July 2018

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First Known Use of common denominator

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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common denominator

noun

English Language Learners Definition of common denominator

mathematics : a number that can be divided by each of the denominators of a group of fractions
: something (such as a feature or quality) that is shared by all the members of a group of people or things

common denominator

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Kids Definition of common denominator

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

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