In a fraction, two numbers are separated by a horizontal bar called vinculum. The number written above the vinculum is called Numerator.

More About Numerator

In the fraction p/q, the number p is the numerator and the number q is the denominator.
The numerator of the fraction can also be called as the dividend of the fraction.
If the numerator of the fraction is greater than the denominator, then the value of the fraction is greater than 1.
If the numerator of the fraction is less than the denominator, then the value of the fraction is less than 1.

Video Examples: What's a Numerator and What's a Denominator?

Examples of Numerator

In the figure given above, the numerator of the unshaded fraction is 1 as the fraction of the unshaded region is 1/4

Solved Example on Numerator

Ques: Identify the numerator of the shaded fraction.

Choices:

A. 5
B. 1
C. 7
D. 6
Correct Answer: B

Solution:

Step 1: Numerator is the top number of a fraction.
Step 2: The number of shaded parts in the figure is 1.
Step 3: The total number of equal parts in the figure are 6.
Step 4: Then, the fraction of the shaded part is 1/6.
Step 5: So, the numerator of the shaded fraction is 1.