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# numerator

[noo-muh-rey-ter, nyoo-] /ˈnu məˌreɪ tər, ˈnyu-/
noun
1.
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).
2.
a person or thing that numbers.
Origin of numerator
1535-1545
1535-45; < Late Latin numerātor a counter, numberer, equivalent to Latin numerā(re) to number + -tor -tor
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Historical Examples
• There was a numerator, and that was Hugh; there was a nought below and that was she.

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.

Franklin D. Jones
• It is indicated at the extreme right of the numerator in the classification.

Federal Bureau of Investigation
• What is the difference between the numerator and the denominator?

William Swinton
• What have we done with the numerator and denominator in every case?

Ontario Ministry of Education
• Happiness, said Carlyle, is as the value of a common fraction, which results from dividing the numerator by the denominator.

Frank Crane
• The fools are eternally trying to get happiness by multiplying the numerator, the wise divide the denominator.

Frank Crane
• If the numerator is a multiple of 5, the fraction represents twentieths.

British Dictionary definitions for numerator

## numerator

/ˈnjuːməˌreɪtə/
noun
1.
(maths) the dividend of a fraction: the numerator of 7/8 is 7 Compare denominator
2.
a person or thing that numbers; enumerator
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Word Origin and History for numerator
n.

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.)).

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numerator in Science
 numerator   (n'mə-rā'tər)    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 2/7 .
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numerator in Culture

### numerator definition

In mathematics, the number that appears on the top of a fraction. In the fraction 2/3, the numerator is 2. (Compare denominator.)

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