Definition of denominator in English:


Syllabification: de·nom·i·na·tor
Pronunciation: /diˈnäməˌnātər


  • 1The number below the line in a common fraction; a divisor.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.


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

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