rational number

noun

Definition of rational number

: a number that can be expressed as an integer or the quotient of an integer divided by a nonzero integer

Examples of rational number in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With a rational number—one with an end—the layers of fractions will terminate, or run out, eventually. Popular Mechanics, 21 Feb. 2021 This interminable variety can’t be divided by a rational number. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, 14 Mar. 2020 In other words, an L-function over the set of rational numbers, which is one of the ground-floor functions studied in complex space, ends up being a particular kind of integral complement that can be plotted more easily. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 2 Mar. 2020 But rational numbers are actually rare among all numbers. Quanta Magazine, 14 Aug. 2019 But rational numbers are actually rare among all numbers. Quanta Magazine, 14 Aug. 2019 But rational numbers are actually rare among all numbers. Wired, 18 Aug. 2019 The rank is a measurement that tells you something about how many of the solutions to that equation are rational numbers as opposed to irrational numbers. Quanta Magazine, 31 Oct. 2018 Over the past decade Kim has described a very new way of looking for patterns in the seemingly patternless world of rational numbers. Quanta Magazine, 1 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of rational number

1873, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rational number was in 1873

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“Rational number.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rational%20number. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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rational number

noun

Kids Definition of rational number

: a number that can be expressed as a whole number or the quotient of two whole numbers

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