# 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

(?),## 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 samenumericalvolumes.

*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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