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.

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The common denominator for all the squads is hard work and dedication. Emmett Hall,, "Lauderhill Broncos cheer squads ready and able for AYFL season," 15 Aug. 2019 Not to feel superior about our own choices (that’s the lowest common denominator of reactions), but rather to challenge them; to move them, ever so slightly, in a different direction. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Dear V.M.A.s: Bring Back the Bad Taste," 28 Aug. 2019 While Cooper himself is not usually a terrible actor, this film plays to the lowest common denominator, hitting every chef cliché like clockwork. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "In honor of the Oscars, we asked Seattle chefs to name their picks for all-time Best Food Film," 20 Feb. 2019 The desire to get a souvenir baseball is a common denominator for just about anyone who attends a game. Matt Nevala, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s ballparks: At Chugiak’s Lee Jordan Field, you can sit in the bleachers or on the grass," 12 July 2019 The common denominators were Buster Posey and Green. Henry Schulman,, "Giants get solid debuts from Menez, Green, then beat the Mets on Yastrzemski’s walkoff homer," 21 July 2019 The common denominator: All of Samanic’s idols are big men who can move and shoot like guards. Jeff Mcdonald,, "In Samanic, Spurs see untapped potential," 21 June 2019 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,, "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

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First Known Use of common denominator

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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