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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.
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.