# 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:**

Read about the **denominator** here.

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.

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### 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:**

Read about **Proper** and **Improper fractions** here in detail.

### Fun Facts about Numerator

- 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.