from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Mathematics A quantity into which all the denominators of a set of fractions may be divided without a remainder.
- n. A commonly shared theme or trait.
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- n. Any integer that is a common multiple of the denominators of two or more fractions
- n. A trait or attribute that is shared by all members of some category
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a number which can divide either of two or more other numbers without leaving a remainder in any of the divisions.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an integer that is a common multiple of the denominators of two or more fractions
- n. an attribute that is common to all members of a category
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“And their only common denominator is that both patients underwent the artery-cleansing procedure.
As just one example: the environmentalist filmmaker Judith Helfand is making a film about a massive heat wave in Chicago in 1995 that killed about six hundred people.87 She explains that the greatest common denominator among the victims was that they were socially isolated.
I would ask Dr. Hall if the notion of which Royce has made so much, namely, the social concept, is not one which perhaps would act as the common denominator in these cases.
It is in fact, the much-maligned and misunderstood discipline of alchemy that lay behind the often apparently bizarre decorations of the Gothic buildings as, indeed, it was alchemy that seemed to be the common denominator of the majority of the Grand Masters of the Priory of Sion29.
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