# numerator

[ noo-muh-rey-ter, nyoo- ]

/ ˈnu məˌreɪ tər, ˈnyu- /

### noun

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.

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## British Dictionary definitions for numerator

## numerator

/ (ˈnjuːməˌreɪtə) /

### noun

a person or thing that numbers; enumerator

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## Word Origin and History for numerator

## 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.)).

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## Science definitions for numerator

## numerator

[ nōō′mə-rā′tər ]

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.

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## Culture definitions for numerator

## numerator

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

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