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 Bloomberg Wealth will offer additional guides on topics as varied as buying art, fractional shares and personal bankruptcy. Pratish Narayanan, Bloomberg.com, "Welcome to Bloomberg Wealth: A Letter From the Editor," 1 Oct. 2020 In her former life, colleagues would often complain about tough negotiations over fractional basis points on a bond trade. Hilary Potkewitz, WSJ, "One Woman’s Journey From New York Bond Trader to Orthodontist," 27 Sep. 2020 But Greaves hopes this Venusian mystery provides some respite, however fractional, from the uncertain, scary circumstances on this planet. Sarah Scoles, Wired, "‘Dr. Phosphine’ and the Possibility of Life on Venus," 14 Sep. 2020 Flexjet is a luxury private jet company that offers jet leasing, fractional jet ownership and other services worldwide. cleveland, "Richmond Heights Council approves plans for new Flexjet building, coming of Aladdin’s Bakery," 9 Sep. 2020 Among the privileges of fractional ownership in Max Player is the opportunity to participate in Zoom video calls such as the 35-minute session held Thursday evening. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Small investors are savoring Max Player's ride to this year's Kentucky Derby," 28 Aug. 2020 Flexjet is a luxury private jet company that offers private aviation services, including fractional jet ownership, leasing and more. cleveland, "Richmond Heights planners sign off on Flexjet’s new global operations center at Cuyahoga County Airport," 13 Aug. 2020 The second paper contained, among other applications, a brief section on using QAC to compute a version of the Berry curvature relevant to the fractional quantum Hall effect. Spyridon Michalakis, Scientific American, "How Scientists Solved One of the Greatest Open Questions in Quantum Physics," 1 Aug. 2020 Proponents of fractional shares said there are plenty of upsides. Washington Post, "Shares by the slice: Fractional investing sparks a stock market stampede," 10 July 2020

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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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13 Oct 2020

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“Fractional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fractional. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for fractional

fractional

adjective
How to pronounce fractional (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fractional

mathematics : 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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