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# Numerator

[noo-muh-rey-ter, nyoo-] /ˈnu məˌreɪ tər, ˈnyu-/

noun
1.
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 (def 1).
2.
a person or thing that numbers.
/ˈnjuːməˌreɪtə/
noun
1.
(maths) the dividend of a fraction: the numerator of 7/8 is 7 Compare denominator
2.
a person or thing that numbers; enumerator
n.

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.)).
numerator
(n’mə-rā’tər)
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 2/7 .

In mathematics, the number that appears on the top of a fraction. In the fraction 2/3, the numerator is 2. (Compare denominator.)

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• Numeric

[noo-mer-i-kuh l, nyoo-] /nuˈmɛr ɪ kəl, nyu-/ adjective 1. of or relating to ; of the nature of a number. 2. indicating a number: numerical symbols. 3. bearing or designated by a number. 4. expressed by numbers instead of letters: numerical cryptography; numerical equations. 5. of or relating to one’s skill at working with numbers, […]

• Numerical

[noo-mer-i-kuh l, nyoo-] /nuˈmɛr ɪ kəl, nyu-/ adjective 1. of or relating to ; of the nature of a number. 2. indicating a number: numerical symbols. 3. bearing or designated by a number. 4. expressed by numbers instead of letters: numerical cryptography; numerical equations. 5. of or relating to one’s skill at working with numbers, […]

• Numerical-analysis

noun 1. the branch of mathematics dealing with methods for obtaining approximate numerical solutions of mathematical problems. noun 1. a branch of mathematics concerned with methods, usually iterative, for obtaining solutions to problems by means of a computer

• Numerical-aperture

noun, Microscopy. 1. a measure of the resolving power of a microscope, equal to the index of refraction of the medium in which the object is placed multiplied by the sine of the angle made with the axis by the most oblique ray entering the instrument, the resolving power increasing as the product increases. Abbreviation: […]

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