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Meaning of FRACTION

Pronunciation:  'frakshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a small part or item forming a piece of a whole
  2. [n]  the quotient of two rational numbers
  3. [n]  a component of a mixture that has been separated by a fractional process
  4. [v]  perform a division; "Can you divide 49 by seven?"

FRACTION is a 8 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: divide
 Antonyms: multiply
 See Also: calculate, chemical, cipher, common fraction, complex fraction, compound fraction, compute, continued fraction, cypher, figure, fixed-point part, halve, improper fraction, mantissa, part, portion, proper fraction, quarter, rational number, reckon, simple fraction, work out



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Frac"tion\, n. [F. fraction, L. fractio a breaking,
    fr. frangere, fractum, to break. See {Break}.]
    1. The act of breaking, or state of being broken, especially
       by violence. [Obs.]
             Neither can the natural body of Christ be subject to
             any fraction or breaking up.          --Foxe.
    2. A portion; a fragment.
             Some niggard fractions of an hour.    --Tennyson.
    3. (Arith. or Alg.) One or more aliquot parts of a unit or
       whole number; an expression for a definite portion of a
       unit or magnitude.
    {Common, or Vulgar}, {fraction}, a fraction in which the
       number of equal parts into which the integer is supposed
       to be divided is indicated by figures or letters, called
       the denominator, written below a line, over which is the
       numerator, indicating the number of these parts included
       in the fraction; as 1/2, one half, 2/5, two fifths.
    {Complex fraction}, a fraction having a fraction or mixed
       number in the numerator or denominator, or in both.
       --Davies & Peck.
    {Compound fraction}, a fraction of a fraction; two or more
       fractions connected by of.
    {Continued fraction}, {Decimal fraction}, {Partial fraction},
       etc. See under {Continued}, {Decimal}, {Partial}, etc.
    {Improper fraction}, a fraction in which the numerator is
       greater than the denominator.
    {Proper fraction}, a fraction in which the numerator is less
       than the denominator.
  2. \Frac"tion\, v. t. (Chem.)
    To separate by means of, or to subject to, fractional
    distillation or crystallization; to fractionate; --
    frequently used with out; as, to fraction out a certain grade
    of oil from pretroleum.
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