de·​nom·​i·​na·​tor di-ˈnä-mə-ˌnā-tər How to pronounce denominator (audio)
mathematics : the part of a fraction that is below the line and that functions as the divisor of the numerator
: a shared trait
a common denominator
: the average level (as of taste or opinion) : standard
manufacturers catering to a safely low denominator of public taste Time

Examples of denominator in a Sentence

In the fraction 2/3 the numerator is 2 and the denominator is 3.
Recent Examples on the Web What happened is your denominator increased, more people joined the labor force this month. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 8 July 2024 This issue arises when the underlying elasticity equations contain a value that is close to being infinite—such as a fraction in which the thickness of an extremely thin metal plate is used as the denominator. Manil Suri, Scientific American, 25 June 2024 Being effective may well require a prospective tutor to get a refresher on how to add fractions with unlike denominators or multiply decimals, but a bachelor’s degree, while nice, shouldn’t be a prerequisite. Michael Thomas Duffy, Hartford Courant, 31 Jan. 2024 To succinctly quantify the diminishing probability as the size of the grid grows, researchers use the exponent from the denominator, 5/48, which is known as the one-arm exponent. Quanta Magazine, 7 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for denominator 

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Word History


see denominate

First Known Use

circa 1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of denominator was circa 1542

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“Denominator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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de·​nom·​i·​na·​tor di-ˈnäm-ə-ˌnāt-ər How to pronounce denominator (audio)
: the part of a fraction that is below the line and that functions as the divisor of the numerator

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