# 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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