# numerator

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

### 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.

## RELATED WORDS

sum, total, figure, statistic, count, digit, emblem, prime, symbol, character, sign, cipher, cardinal, fraction, representation, numeral, ordinal, googol, integer, denominator

## Origin of numerator

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### 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

### noun

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## numerator

[nōō′mə-rā′tər]

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## numerator

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