# 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

denominate number, denomination, denominational, denominationalism, denominative, denominator, denotate, denotation, denotative, denote, 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

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-nŏm′ə-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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