simple fraction

noun

: a fraction having whole numbers for the numerator and denominator compare complex fraction

Examples of simple fraction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pi is an irrational number, meaning that it cannot be expressed as a simple fraction. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 14 Mar. 2021 But irrational constants such as π and √2—numbers that cannot be reduced to a simple fraction—frequently crop up in science and engineering. Leila Sloman, Scientific American, 16 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of simple fraction was in 1570

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“Simple fraction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/simple%20fraction. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

simple fraction

noun
: a fraction with whole numbers for the numerator and denominator compare complex fraction
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