V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. the number below the line in a fraction; 2. a common characteristic or shared quality; 3. an average degree of quality

Synonyms: divisor, commonality, trait, characteristic

Antonyms: numerator

Tips: In math, a denominator is the number that appears at the bottom of a fraction. The number 4 is the denominator in the following fractions: 1/4, 2/4, 3/4. When you hear the term "common denominator," it refers to that which several different people or things have in common. For example, in the fractions previously listed, the common denominator is the number 4. This is where the idea comes from. You may have heard the phrase "lowest common denominator." This often refers to the large number of people who will accept bad quality products.

Usage Examples:

For the following fraction, 6 is the common denominator: 1/6, 2/6, 4/6, 7/6. (common trait, divisor)

It seems like movies today are developed for the lowest common denominator. (common trait, divisor)

The common denominator was that we all lived in Phoenix at some point in time. (trait, characteristic)

The fact that we all had graduated from the University of San Diego was our common denominator. (characteristic, trait)

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