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.

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Students in small clusters tried various ways to add fractions with different denominators. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "How One New York City Principal Is Trying To Transform a School," 2 May 2018 And, in very rare cases, this method could come up with a denominator that's off by a factor of two, thanks to common factors (though this chance becomes vanishingly small in games with more than a few Achievements). Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Valve leaks Steam game player counts; we have the numbers," 6 July 2018 In part, that trend reflects a rising denominator: The total number of scientific papers published annually more than doubled from 2003 to 2016. Julia Belluz, Vox, "A huge database of scientific retractions is live. That’s great for science.," 29 Oct. 2018 Some clinics, for instance, will jigger their denominator—the pool of candidates who actually underwent IVF—to create higher, more marketable success rates. Pamela Tsigdinos, Marie Claire, "The Wild World of IVF, Explained," 1 Oct. 2018 Achieving even that positive denominator hinges on the company actually meeting its goals. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Back to the Drawing Board for Tesla," 17 Apr. 2018 As the workforce grows, the denominator increases so that the ratio goes down. Liya Palagashvili, WSJ, "Don’t Be So Sure the Gig Is Up," 12 June 2018 This process allows for extremely accurate reverse engineering of the denominator representing the total player base for an Achievement percentage. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Valve leaks Steam game player counts; we have the numbers," 6 July 2018 As long as the angle is between 0 and 90 degrees, the stuff in the denominator will be bigger than just μs such that the force will be smaller at an angle. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Surprisingly Cool Physics of Pushing a Block Against a Wall," 11 June 2018

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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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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


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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