# Lowest-common-denominator

**noun**, Mathematics.

1.

.

**noun**

1.

the smallest integer or polynomial that is exactly divisible by each denominator of a set of fractions Abbreviation LCD, lcd Also called least common denominator

lowest common denominator

(lō’ĭst)

The least common multiple of the denominators of a set of fractions. For example, the lowest common denominator of 1/3 and 3/4 is 12.

The smallest number that can be divided evenly into two other numbers (see common denominator). When fractions with different denominators are added together, their denominators have to be made the same; thus, fractions with denominators of nine and twelve have thirty-six as a lowest common denominator. Seventy-two and 108 are also common denominators for fractions with denominators of nine and twelve, but thirty-six is the lowest.

Note: The term lowest common denominator is often used to indicate a lowering of quality resulting from a desire to find common ground for many people: “This fall’s TV programming finds the lowest common denominator of taste.”

Tagged: l

Read Also:

- Lowest-common-multiple
noun, Mathematics. 1. the smallest number that is a common multiple of a given set of numbers. noun 1. the smallest number or quantity that is exactly divisible by each member of a set of numbers or quantities Abbreviation LCM, lcm Also called least common multiple

- Lowestoft
[lohs-tawft, -toft, -tuh f] /ˈloʊs tɔft, -tɒft, -təf/ noun 1. a seaport in NE Suffolk, in E England: famous for a type of china. /ˈləʊstɒft/ noun 1. a fishing port and resort in E England, in NE Suffolk on the North Sea. Pop: 68 340 (2001) n. type of porcelain, named for a town in […]

- Lowest splanchnic nerve
lowest splanchnic nerve n. A nerve containing the sympathetic fibers for the renal plexus, usually contained in the lesser splanchnic nerve, but occasionally existing as an independent nerve.

- Lowest-terms
plural noun, Mathematics. 1. the form of a fraction after dividing the numerator and denominator by their greatest common divisor.