# Numerator Definition

In Mathematics, Numerator is the number shown in the fraction just above the line. This is the number that is going to be divided by the second number that is shown below the line and termed as the Denominator.

Note:

For example, we have the following 3 fractions.

3/7, 11/23, 5/17

In these fractions, 3, 11, and 5 are numerators while 7, 23, and 17 are denominators. These two terms play an important role in different Mathematical problems primarily related to the division process.

### Types of fractions concerning numerator value

Depending on the values of the numerator, fractions are divided into two main categories. Let us explain them a little here.

• Proper fractions: The fraction in which the value of the numerator is less than the value of the denominator is called a proper fraction. For example, 3/8 is a proper fraction.
• Improper fractions: The fraction in which the value of the numerator is greater than the denominator is called an improper fraction. For example, 11/5 is an improper fraction.

Note:

• A fraction having 0 as the numerator will give 0 as the output.
• The numerator is also called a Dividend.
• An even numerator when divided by 2 will give a whole number as the output.
• The undefined value of the numerator will give a vague answer.

### FAQ's

What is a numerator in the division?

The numerator is the dividend in the division process. It is the number that is going to be divided by the other number.

At which part numerator is shown in a fraction?

The numerator is shown above the line in the fraction.

Can the value of the numerator be greater than the denominator?

The value of the numerator can either be greater than the denominator or smaller than that. Depending on the value, fractions are divided into two major types.

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