denominator

[ dih-nom-uh-ney-ter ]
/ dɪˈnɒm əˌneɪ tər /

noun

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).
something shared or held in common; standard.
Archaic. a person or thing that denominates.

Nearby words

  1. denominate number,
  2. denomination,
  3. denominational,
  4. denominationalism,
  5. denominative,
  6. denotate,
  7. denotation,
  8. denotative,
  9. denote,
  10. denotive

Origin of denominator

1535–45; < Medieval Latin dēnōminātor, equivalent to Latin dēnōminā(re) (see denominate) + -tor -tor

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British Dictionary definitions for denominator

denominator

/ (dɪˈnɒmɪˌneɪtə) /

noun

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

denominator

n.

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

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Science definitions for denominator

denominator

[ dĭ-nŏmə-nā′tər ]

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.
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Culture definitions for denominator

denominator

[ (di-nom-uh-nay-tuhr) ]

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

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