common denominator

noun
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

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

  1. Drugs seem to be the common denominator in these crimes.

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First Known Use of common denominator

1594


COMMON DENOMINATOR Defined for English Language Learners

common denominator

noun

Definition of common denominator for English Language Learners

  • 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 Defined for Kids

common denominator

noun

Definition of common denominator for Students

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


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