# Numerator

## Nu"mer*a"tor

(?), n. [L. numerator: cf. F. numrateur.] 1. One who numbers.
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2. (Math.) The term in a fraction which indicates the number of fractional units that are taken.
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In a vulgar fraction the numerator is written above a line; thus, in the fraction (five ninths) 5 is the numerator; in a decimal fraction it is the number which follows the decimal point. See Fraction.
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## Nu*mer"ic*al

(?), } a. [Cf. F. numrique. See Number, n.]
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1. Belonging to number; denoting number; consisting in numbers; expressed by numbers, and not letters; as, numerical characters; a numerical equation; a numerical statement.
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Numerical, as opposed to algebraical, is used to denote a value irrespective of its sign; thus, -5 is numerically greater than -3, though algebraically less.
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2. The same in number; hence, identically the same; identical; as, the same numerical body. [Obs.] South.
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Would to God that all my fellow brethren, which with me bemoan the loss of their books, . . . might rejoice for the recovery thereof, though not the same numerical volumes.
Fuller.
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3. relating to or having ability to think in or work with numbers; as, tests for rating numerical aptitude. Contrasted with verbal.
Syn. -- mathematical.
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Numerical equation (Alg.), an equation which has all the quantities except the unknown expressed in numbers; -- distinguished from literal equation. -- Numerical value of an equation or expression, that deduced by substituting numbers for the letters, and reducing.
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