fractional

adjective
frac·​tion·​al | \ˈfrak-shnəl, -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.

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There are stocks where investing via DRIP, having dividends automatically reinvested and throwing in $50 a month to buy full and fractional shares, makes perfect sense. Chuck Jaffe, WSJ, "A DIY Stock-Investing Pioneer Says DRIPs Still Have a Place," 4 Nov. 2018 Michelle Lewis Executive director, Songwriters of North America Lewis and her songwriting partner Kay Hanley formed SONA in 2015 with LaPolt, and the group sued the Department of Justice the following year over its ruling on fractional licensing. Robert Levine, Billboard, "Who's Who Among the Music Industry's Advocates on Capitol Hill," 16 Apr. 2018 Flexjet Flexjet first entered the fractional jet ownership market in 1995. Town & Country, "Town & Country's 2018 Philanthropy Summit," 6 Apr. 2018 PlaneSense has been offering fractional ownership of aircraft for more than two decades. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "The new private jet experience: the PC-24," 25 June 2018 In the world of fractional ownership, jets are the dominant force. BostonGlobe.com, "His business is like time sharing for airplanes," 19 May 2018 Flexjet offers fractional jet ownership and leasing. Town & Country, "Town & Country's 2018 Philanthropy Summit," 6 Apr. 2018 Then efficiency replaced curiosity, and budget airlines stepped onto the scene with fractional fares and time-saving routes. Sunset, "These Vacations by Deluxe Bus Are Hotel-Meets-Road Trip Perfection," 22 Jan. 2018 In dermatologist Macrene Alexiades's New York office, fractional radiofrequency devices, like the eTwo, have all but supplanted ablative CO2 lasers, which leave skin raw for weeks. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "How to Reverse Sun Damage, According to Dermatologists," 28 Aug. 2017

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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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fractional

adjective

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 \

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 \

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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