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 Goldberg credited the introduction of fractional shares and commission-free trading platforms like Robinhood with generating interest among a new, often younger crop of retail investors. NBC News, "2020: A dismal economic year, unless you were on Wall Street," 31 Dec. 2020 However, the new, fractional version allows for faster healing but excellent improvements of fine lines and spotting. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: The Complete Guide to Laser Treatments for Hair and Skin," 30 Dec. 2020 In today's world where stock trading is free across the major brokerages and where anyone can participate in fractional investing, where people can buy fractions of a share, there's no reason a high share price should pose a barrier to investing. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Investors riding high on Apple and Tesla stock splits could get clipped, data shows," 31 Aug. 2020 It’s these fractional charges that let scientists finally design the exact right experiments to shake loose the real anyons. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This Incredible Particle Only Arises in Two Dimensions," 18 Dec. 2020 Not all platforms offer the ability to buy ETFs through fractional trading. Julia Carpenter, WSJ, "When the Robinhood Crowd Buys for the Long Haul," 12 Dec. 2020 What’s your take on buying fractional shares of companies? Nathan Bachrach And Amy Wagner, The Enquirer, "Allworth Advice: Don’t make stock picks based on the president," 18 Nov. 2020 In place of perks such as airline miles or cash back, Bumped proposes awarding fractional shares in corporate stock for each dollar people spend on their credit cards. oregonlive, "Portland startup Bumped raises another $16 million for credit card rewards that pay companies' stock," 11 Nov. 2020 People can start trading with small amounts of money because Robinhood offers fractional shares. Liz Weston, Star Tribune, "Playing the market is a bad idea, especially now," 24 Oct. 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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11 Jan 2021

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“Fractional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce fractional (audio)

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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