AskDefine | Define numerator

Dictionary Definition

numerator n : the dividend of a fraction

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The number or expression written above the line in a fraction.
  2. An enumerator; someone who counts things.

Related terms


in a fraction
person who counts things

Extensive Definition

A numerator is a person who counts, also called a tabulator, or a numeral used to indicate a count. The most common use of the word today is to name the part of a fraction that tells the number or count of equal parts. In the fraction \frac\,, 3 is the numerator, and the fraction represents three equal parts of a whole, each part being one fourth of the whole. (Note that 4 is the denominator in this example.)

See also

numerator in Arabic: بسط
numerator in Aymara: Pachjata
numerator in Catalan: Numerador
numerator in Spanish: Numerador
numerator in French: Numérateur
numerator in Italian: Numeratore
numerator in Portuguese: Numerador
numerator in Thai: ตัวเศษ
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