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# denominator

[dih-nom-uh-ney-ter]
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noun
1. Arithmetic. that term of a fraction, usually written under the line, that indicates the number of equal parts into which the unit is divided; divisor.Compare numerator(def 1).
2. something shared or held in common; standard.
3. Archaic. a person or thing that denominates.

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1535–45; < Medieval Latin dēnōminātor, equivalent to Latin dēnōminā(re) (see denominate) + -tor -tor
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## Examples from the Web for denominator

### Historical Examples

• #### One factor in the numerator and one in the denominator make a “pair” of factors.

Turning and Boring

Franklin D. Jones

• #### Look up the method of solving when the unknowns are in the denominator.

A Review of Algebra

Romeyn Henry Rivenburg

British Dictionary definitions for denominator

# denominator

noun
1. the divisor of a fraction, as 8 in 7/8Compare numerator (def. 1)
2. archaic a person or thing that denominates or designates
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## Word Origin and History fordenominator

### n.

1540s, in mathematics, from Medieval Latin denominator, agent noun from past participle stem of denominare (see denomination).

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denominator in Science

# denominator

[dĭ-nŏmə-nā′tər]
1. The number below or to the right of the line in a fraction, indicating the number of equal parts into which one whole is divided. For example, in the fraction 27, 7 is the denominator.