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denominator

Syllabification: de·nom·i·na·tor
Pronunciation: /dəˈnäməˌnādər
 
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Definition of denominator in English:

noun

Mathematics
1The number below the line in a common fraction; a divisor.
Example sentences
  • If you calculate the divergence for different species of plants, you find that both the numerator and the denominator are usually Fibonacci numbers.
  • Strictly, all whole numbers can be written as fractions if we make the denominator (the part below the line) equal to 1!
  • To convert a fraction to a percentage, divide the numerator by the denominator.
1.1A figure representing the total population in terms of which statistical values are expressed.
Example sentences
  • We obtained data from the Russian State statistics committee, including deaths by cause, sex, five year age group, and calendar year together with corresponding population denominators.
  • Our data represent an approximate denominator of 6000 athletes and shows a 10-year incidence of 1% stress injuries to bone.
  • For each genus examined, the nominator gives the number of studied species and the denominator includes the total number of species.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French dénominateur or medieval Latin denominator, from denominare 'to name' (see denominate).

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