# numerator

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

- 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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## Origin of numerator^{}

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## Examples from the Web for numerator

### Historical Examples

#### 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

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## Word Origin and History for numerator

### n.

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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## 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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## 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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