- Arithmetic. the term of a fraction, usually above the line, that indicates the number of equal parts that are to be added together; the dividend placed over a divisor: The numerator of the fraction 2/3 is 2.Compare denominator(def 1).
- a person or thing that numbers.
Origin of numerator
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Examples from the Web for numerator
There was a numerator, and that was Hugh; there was a nought below and that was she.Dodo's Daughter
E. F. Benson
The denominator of decimals is never written, the dot placed before the first figure of the numerator expressing its value.
A vulgar fraction is reduced to a decimal by dividing the numerator (increased sufficiently with ciphers) by the denominator.
One factor in the numerator and one in the denominator make a “pair” of factors.Turning and Boring
Franklin D. Jones
It is indicated at the extreme right of the numerator in the classification.The Science of Fingerprints
Federal Bureau of Investigation
- maths the dividend of a fractionthe numerator of 7/8 is 7 Compare denominator
- a person or thing that numbers; enumerator
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Word Origin and History for numerator
1540s, from Late Latin numerator "counter, numberer," agent noun from numerat-, past participle stem of numerare "to count, number," from numerus "a number" (see number (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A number written above or to the left of the line in a common fraction to indicate the number of parts of the whole. For example, 2 is the numerator in the fraction 27.
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