# Definition:Division/Dividend

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## Definition

Let $c = a / b$ denote the division operation on two elements $a$ and $b$ of a field.

The element $a$ is the **dividend** of $b$.

## Also known as

The **dividend** of an expression $a / b$ is also known as the numerator of that expression.

## Also see

## Linguistic Note

The word **dividend** is a Latinesque word meaning **that which is to be divided**.

The idea is that $a$ is **divided by** $b$, that is, **divided into $b$ parts**.