- 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 numeratorsum, 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 Daughter
E. 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 Boring
Franklin D. Jones
It is indicated at the extreme right of the numerator in the classification.The Science of Fingerprints
Federal Bureau of Investigation
- 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.)).
- 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.