denominator

noun
de·​nom·​i·​na·​tor | \ di-ˈnä-mə-ˌnā-tər How to pronounce denominator (audio) \

Definition of denominator

1 mathematics : the part of a fraction that is below the line and that functions as the divisor of the numerator
2a : a shared trait a common denominator
b : 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 But the Facebook top 10 list gives no sense of the denominator. Siva Vaidhyanathan, The New Republic, "Making Sense of the Facebook Menace," 5 Jan. 2021 Either when the numerator (in this case, the number of positive tests) rises; or when the denominator (in this case the number of tests performed) falls. Joanne Silberner, Wired, "Test Positivity Is a Bad Way to Measure Covid’s Spread," 22 Dec. 2020 Think of the internal content as the numerator of the equation, and the market context as the denominator. Isaac Cheifetz, Star Tribune, "It's time to put some sizzle in your job ad," 21 Nov. 2020 The Kentucky Republican is pressing a lowest-common-denominator approach that would drop the lawsuit shield idea for now if Democrats agree to drop a $160 billion state and local aid package. Andrew Taylor, Anchorage Daily News, "Democrats squeezed as COVID-19 relief talks continue," 15 Dec. 2020 Using the proper denominator for 2020 shows a turnout around 72%, firmly in the range of past presidential elections. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, "Fact check: What's true and what's false about the 2020 election," 3 Nov. 2020 Using the proper denominator for 2020 shows a turnout around 72%, firmly in the range of past presidential elections. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, "Fact check: What's true and what's false about the 2020 election," 3 Nov. 2020 Early in the pandemic, many infected people were unable to get tested, making for a smaller denominator. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "COVID-19 cases surge but deaths don’t -- the reason? Age," 24 Nov. 2020 Those shortcomings meant that the denominator in the pandemic’s key equation—deaths divided by cases—was far too small at first, inflating the death rate. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Is About to Pass Spring’s Grimmest Record," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of denominator

circa 1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for denominator

see denominate

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The first known use of denominator was circa 1542

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12 Jan 2021

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“Denominator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/denominator. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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denominator

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English Language Learners Definition of denominator

mathematics : the number in a fraction that is below the line and that divides the number above the line

denominator

noun
de·​nom·​i·​na·​tor | \ di-ˈnä-mə-ˌnā-tər How to pronounce denominator (audio) \

Kids Definition of denominator

: the part of a fraction that is below the line The number 5 is the denominator of the fraction ³/₅.

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