# Dictionary Definition

denominator n : the divisor of a fraction

# User Contributed Dictionary

## English

### Noun

- The number or expression written below the line in a fraction.

#### Derived terms

#### Translations

The number or expression written below the line
in a fraction

- Czech: jmenovatel
- Finnish: nimittäjä
- French: dénominateur
- German: Nenner
- Hebrew:
- Japanese: 分母 (ぶんぼ, bunbo)
- Norwegian: nevner
- Polish: mianownik
- Swedish: nämnare

# Extensive Definition

Denominator is the name for the bottom part of a
fraction.
It tells you how many equal parts make up a whole, and is also used
in the name of the fraction: "halves", "thirds", "quarters",
"fifths", "sixths" and so on. The reduced fraction for a rational
must have an integer
denominator.

## Example

If we take the fraction: \frac.

3 is the denominator and the name of the fraction
is "two thirds" -or, more generally, "two over three". (2 is the
numerator.)

## Negative Fractions

In fractions involving negatives, the denominator is made to be positive by convention. Since any factor of -1 can be multiplied out into the numerator, any fraction can be rewritten to have a positive denominator. For example,- \frac = 1 \times \frac = \frac \times \frac = \frac = \frac.

## See also

denominator in Aymara: Pachjiri

denominator in Catalan: Denominador

denominator in Spanish: Denominador

denominator in French: Dénominateur

denominator in Italian: Denominatore

denominator in Lombard: Denuminaduur

denominator in Dutch: Noemer

denominator in Portuguese: Denominador

denominator in Finnish: Nimittäjä

denominator in Thai: ตัวส่วน