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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Denominator \De*nom"i*na'tor\, noun [Cf. F. d['e]nominateur.]
1. One who, or that which, gives a name; origin or source of a name.
This opinion that Aram . . . was the father and denomination of the Syrians in general. --Sir W. Raleigh.
2. (Arith.) That number placed below the line in common fractions which shows into how many parts the integer or unit is divided.
Note: Thus, in 3/5, 5 is the denominator, showing that the integer is divided into five parts; and the numerator, 3, shows how many parts are taken.
3. (Alg.) That part of any expression under a fractional form which is situated below the horizontal line signifying division.
Note: In this sense, the denominator is not necessarily a number, but may be any expression, either positive or negative, real or imaginary. --Davies & Peck (Math. Dict.)
{common denominator} a number which can divide either of two or more other numbers without leaving a remainder in any of the divisions; as, 2 and 4 are common denominators of 12 and 28..
{greatest common denominator} the largest {common denominator} of two or more numbers; as, 9 is the greatest common denominator of 18 and 27.. [PJC]
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
noun
1: an integer that is a common multiple of the denominators of two or more fractions
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