fractional

adjective
frac·​tion·​al | \ ˈfrak-shnəl How to pronounce fractional (audio) , -shə-nᵊl \

Definition of fractional

1 : of, relating to, or being a fraction
2 : of, relating to, or being fractional currency
3 : relatively small : inconsiderable
4 : of, relating to, or involving a process for separating components of a mixture through differences in physical or chemical properties fractional distillation

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Other Words from fractional

fractionally adverb

Examples of fractional in a Sentence

There has been a fractional rise in the price of the stock. There is only a fractional improvement in the new version.
Recent Examples on the Web In 2019, Flexjet sued the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots, representing the fractional operator’s pilots. Doug Gollan, Forbes, 1 June 2021 There are two ways to participate in fractional ownership: property specific and investor specific. Sundance Brennan, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Federer did not own a plane but was traveling on one provided by a company that sells fractional private-jet ownership. New York Times, 25 Aug. 2021 The complex includes operations for Flexjet, a private jet aircraft fractional ownership, and the Arnold Cos., which has a 60,000-square-foot hangar and aviation space in the buildings. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 16 Aug. 2021 Northern California has become one of the most popular destinations for customers of Flexjet, an upscale fractional-ownership jet company based in Ohio, according to Flexjet COO Megan Wolf. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Aug. 2021 Indexes, futures, derivatives, digital representation of that sneaker or a fractional share of that sneaker. Marc Bain, Quartz, 14 May 2021 In addition to this, technology has made room for investment solutions like fractional shares, thus creating the possibility to trade high-value stocks with a small amount of money. Bilal Majbour, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 This is obviously true of a bank run, when depositors lose faith in the fractional-reserve system, but it’s also true of hyperinflationary spirals, when worries about a country’s handling of monetary policy yank down the value of its currency. The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of fractional

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fractional

fraction + -al entry 1

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The first known use of fractional was in 1650

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14 Oct 2021

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“Fractional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fractional. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for fractional

fractional

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of fractional

: of or relating to a fraction
: very small
: not complete

fractional

adjective
frac·​tion·​al | \ ˈfrak-shə-nᵊl How to pronounce fractional (audio) \

Kids Definition of fractional

1 : of, relating to, or being a fraction fractional numbers
2 : fairly small fractional improvement

fractional

adjective
frac·​tion·​al | \ -shən-ᵊl, -shnəl How to pronounce fractional (audio) \

Medical Definition of fractional

: of, relating to, or involving a process for separating components of a mixture through differences in physical or chemical properties fractional distillation

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