# numerator

- Arithmetic. the term of a fraction, usually above the line, that indicates the number of equal parts that are to be added together; the dividend placed over a divisor: The numerator of the fraction 2/3 is 2.Compare denominator(def 1).
- a person or thing that numbers.

## Origin of numerator

## Related Words for numerator

sum, total, figure, statistic, count, digit, emblem, prime, symbol, character, sign, cipher, cardinal, fraction, representation, numeral, ordinal, googol, numerator, integer## Examples from the Web for numerator

### Historical Examples of numerator

There was a numerator, and that was Hugh; there was a nought below and that was she.

Dodo's DaughterE. F. Benson

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

It is indicated at the extreme right of the numerator in the classification.

The Science of FingerprintsFederal Bureau of Investigation

## numerator

- maths the dividend of a fractionthe numerator of 7/8 is 7 Compare denominator
- a person or thing that numbers; enumerator

## Word Origin and History for numerator

1540s, from Late Latin numerator "counter, numberer," agent noun from numerat-, past participle stem of numerare "to count, number," from numerus "a number" (see number (n.)).

## numerator

- A number written above or to the left of the line in a common fraction to indicate the number of parts of the whole. For example, 2 is the numerator in the fraction 27.

## numerator

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