Hypertext Webster Gateway: "numerator"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Numerator \Nu"mer*a"tor\, n. [L. numerator: cf. F.
1. One who numbers.

2. (Math.) The term in a fraction which indicates the number
of fractional units that are taken.

Note: In a vulgar fraction the numerator is written above a
line; thus, in the fraction 5/9 (five ninths) 5 is the
numerator; in a decimal fraction it is the number which
follows the decimal point. See {Fraction}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n : the dividend of a fraction

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