nu·​mer·​a·​tor | \ ˈnü-mə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce numerator (audio) , ˈnyü- \

Definition of numerator

1 : the part of a fraction that is above the line and signifies the number to be divided by the denominator
2 : one that numbers

Examples of numerator in a Sentence

The numerator in the fraction 3/5 is 3.
Recent Examples on the Web If the denominator becomes a bigger number, so will the numerator, the thinking goes. Marla Broadfoot, Scientific American, 25 Jan. 2022 The Index will be higher, obviously, with fewer laws in the denominator or with more rules in the numerator. Clyde Wayne Crews Jr., Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 It’s the numerator — offense — that is the variable in the San Diego State basketball equation. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Jan. 2022 Or – the numerator in the CFR calculation, which is the number of infections officially reported, was too small by a factor of 3 or 4. George Calhoun, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 Estate taxes should be included in the numerator too, said Columbia University economist Wojciech Kopczuk. Richard Rubin, WSJ, 10 Oct. 2021 The numerator is also tricky for middle-income households. Richard Rubin, WSJ, 10 Oct. 2021 But now that physicians know what to look for, the numerator in that ratio will likely change as well. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 16 Apr. 2021 Banks are now buying back stock and distributing capital to shareholders, or, in SLR terms, willfully reducing their numerator. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 13 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of numerator

1539, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Numerator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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nu·​mer·​a·​tor | \ ˈnü-mə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce numerator (audio) , ˈnyü- \

Kids Definition of numerator

: the part of a fraction that is above the line 3 is the numerator of the fraction ³/₅.

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