common denominator
noun Date: 1594 1. a common multiple of the denominators of a number of fractions 2. a common trait or theme

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  • common denominator — noun (C) 1 an attitude or quality that all the different members of a group have: The common denominator in these very different schemes is that they aim to reduce pollution. 2 technical a number that can be divided exactly by all the… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • common denominator — 1. Math. a number that is a multiple of all the denominators of a set of fractions. 2. a trait, characteristic, belief, or the like common to or shared by all members of a group: Dedication to the cause of freedom was the common denominator of… …   Universalium

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