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.

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The House targeted a series of other small tax breaks, eliminating those that benefit investors in gold bullion, owners of fractional jet shares, owners of motor-racing teams, and buyers of aviation repairs and flight simulators. Andrew J. Tobias,, "Ohio Senate unanimously passes budget plan, setting up negotiations with House," 20 June 2019 Of course, fractional dimensions don’t really exist. Quanta Magazine, "Betting on the Future of Quantum Gravity," 14 Mar. 2014 What about people with fractional slave ancestry—50%, 10%, 0.0001%?... WSJ, "Reparations for Slavery Open Pandora’s Box," 31 Mar. 2019 The money can be divided into three categories: spending (that money can be transferred to a Visa card), saving (kids can save it in cash or buy fractional shares of stock) and sharing (placed into charities or causes of the child's choice). Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Gender pay inequality starts at home. Parents pay boys twice as much allowance as girls," 3 July 2018 Thirteen fractional suites there are currently for sale, priced from $125,000 to $599,000. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "The Nomads Who Own Fractions of Multiple Luxury Homes," 19 Dec. 2018 But, what about fractional dimensions in quantum mechanics? Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Fractal structure produces fractal electrons with fractal energies," 2 Dec. 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of fractional

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


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


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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