least common denominator

noun

Definition of least common denominator

: the least common multiple of two or more denominators

Examples of least common denominator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most of the students she’s tutored have needed help with pre-algebra: solving equations, combining like terms, finding the least common denominator. Mel Fronczek, The Indianapolis Star, "Retired teachers volunteer for Indiana K-12 homework help hotline," 18 May 2020 Usually developers aim for the least common denominator when there’s a discrepancy, to ensure the largest audience. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Valve's $999 Index VR headset promises 'high-fidelity virtual reality' with revolutionary controls," 30 Apr. 2019 When all is said and done, the G-20 will issue a statement on Tuesday that tries to reach the least common denominator between them all. Bloomberg.com, "Day One at the G-20: Where We Stand on Top World Economic Issues," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of least common denominator

1851, in the meaning defined above

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“Least common denominator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/least%20common%20denominator. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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least common denominator

noun

Kids Definition of least common denominator

: the least common multiple of the denominators of two or more fractions

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