denominator

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noun de·nom·i·na·tor \di-ˈnä-mə-ˌnā-tər\

Definition of denominator

  1. 1 mathematics :  the part of a fraction that is below the line and that functions as the divisor of the numerator

  2. 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

  1. In the fraction {frac2 the numerator is 2 and the denominator is 3.

Origin and Etymology of denominator

see denominate


First Known Use: circa 1542

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DENOMINATOR Defined for English Language Learners

denominator

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noun de·nom·i·na·tor \di-ˈnä-mə-ˌnā-tər\

Definition of denominator for English Language Learners

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


DENOMINATOR Defined for Kids

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noun de·nom·i·na·tor \di-ˈnä-mə-ˌnā-tər\

Definition of denominator for Students

  1. :  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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