Nu"mer*a"tor(?), n. [L. numerator: cf. F. numrateur.] 1. One who numbers.
(Math.) The term in a fraction which indicates the number of fractional units that are taken.
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.
Nu*mer"ic*al(?), } a. [Cf. F. numrique. See Number, n.]
1. Belonging to number; denoting number; consisting in numbers; expressed by numbers, and not letters; as,
numerical characters; a
numerical equation; a
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.
2. The same in number; hence, identically the same; identical; as, the same
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.
3. relating to or having ability to think in or work with numbers; as, tests for rating
numerical aptitude. Contrasted with
Syn. -- mathematical.
(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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