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denominator

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

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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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Scientific 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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Cultural 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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