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Let $c = a / b$ denote the division operation on two elements $a$ and $b$ of a field.
The element $b$ is the divisor of $a$.
Also known as
The divisor of an expression $a / b$ is also known as the denominator of that expression.
The word divisor, in the context of a division operation $a / b$, means that which divides.
The idea is that $a$ is divided by $b$, that is, divided into $b$ parts.
- 1989: Ephraim J. Borowski and Jonathan M. Borwein: Dictionary of Mathematics ... (previous) ... (next): divisor: 1.
- 2008: David Nelson: The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics (4th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): divisor: 1.