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fraction

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noun frac·tion \ˈfrak-shən\

Simple Definition of fraction

  • mathematics : a number (such as 1/2 or 3/4) which indicates that one number is being divided by another; also : a number (such as 3.323) that consists of a whole number and a decimal

  • : a part or amount of something

Full Definition of fraction

  1. 1 a :  a numerical representation (as 34, 58, or 3.234) indicating the quotient of two numbers b (1) :  a piece broken off :  fragment (2) :  a discrete unit :  portion

  2. 2 :  one of several portions (as of a distillate) separable by fractionation

  3. 3 :  bit, little <a fraction closer>

Examples of fraction

  1. a fraction of an inch

  2. <if even a tiny fraction of that cookie broke off and fell into the delicate watch works, it could mess things up>



Origin of fraction

Middle English fraccioun, from Late Latin fraction-, fractio act of breaking, from Latin frangere to break — more at break


First Known Use: 14th century

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Medical Dictionary

fraction

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noun frac·tion \ˈfrak-shən\

Medical Definition of fraction

  1. :  one of several portions (as of a distillate) separable by fractionation <gamma globulin is a fraction of blood plasma>





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