What's the meaning of "drop" in following sentence:

"the term can be dropped from the numerator"

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    $\begingroup$ Removed I guess, depending on the context $\endgroup$
    – servabat
    Jun 13 '15 at 17:12
  • $\begingroup$ You'd have to give. More specific context to be sure, but yes, ignored or eliminated, depending on context. $\endgroup$ Jun 13 '15 at 17:15
  • $\begingroup$ There is no specific use of "drop" in mathematics. Sometimes it is used in sentences as "we can drop this hypothesis". I have no idea on what would be the meaning in "drop from the denominator". $\endgroup$
    – Crostul
    Jun 13 '15 at 17:15
  • $\begingroup$ Some additional context would greatly improve the answerability of this question. What's the fractional expression? Which "term" is being "dropped"? $\endgroup$
    – epimorphic
    Jun 13 '15 at 17:29
  • $\begingroup$ More detail is needed and I cannot say for sure but I take the word dropped to mean ignored by choice and not by removed by some process such as cancellation. $\endgroup$
    – Karl
    Jun 13 '15 at 19:00

"Dropped" just means deleted. If the numerator is $A+B+C$ and one replaces it with $A+B$, one has dropped the third term from the numerator.


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