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.
Origin of denominator
< Medieval Latin dēnōminātor,
equivalent to Latin dēnōminā(re
) (see denominate
) + -tor -tor
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Or the third term of the proportion may be multiplied by the denominator of the fraction representing the aliquot part.
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.
Look up the method of solving when the unknowns are in the denominator.
British Dictionary definitions for denominator
archaic a person or thing that denominates or designates
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Word Origin and History for denominator
1540s, in mathematics, from Medieval Latin denominator, agent noun from past participle stem of denominare (see denomination).
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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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