# denominator

[dih-nom-uh-ney-ter]

- 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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### Historical Examples

#### 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.

Turning and BoringFranklin D. Jones

#### Look up the method of solving when the unknowns are in the denominator.

A Review of AlgebraRomeyn Henry Rivenburg

## denominator

- 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

### n.

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

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## 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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## 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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