common denominator


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.
Recent Examples on the Web The common denominator is coaching acumen and relating to players., 11 June 2021 So although our dreams are different, the common denominator is that. Katherine Singh,, 4 June 2021 The common denominator among all the vehicles for sale is quality, but the variety spans decades and categories. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 28 Apr. 2021 The common denominator in all three wins has been defense. oregonlive, 1 May 2021 The one common denominator was a long-lasting bond generated from years of fun competition on the pitch. Emmett Hall,, 15 Apr. 2021 In these narratives, a common denominator is the idea that at any moment, government ‘thugs’ will come out of the woodwork and, essentially, throw everyone into cages. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, 8 Apr. 2021 The common denominator among the finalists is these guys can flat-out score the basketball. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, 2 Apr. 2021 The common denominator in the wins has been David McCormack, who had 17 points and eight rebounds in the win over Texas Tech. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 20 Feb. 2021

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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 22 Jun. 2021.

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common denominator


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

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Kids Definition of common denominator

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

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