fraction
Pronunciation
  • enPR: frăkʹshən, IPA: /ˈfɹæk.ʃən/
Noun

fraction (plural fractions)

  1. A part of a whole, especially a comparatively small part.
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page vii:
      With fresh material, taxonomic conclusions are leavened by recognition that the material examined reflects the site it occupied; a herbarium packet gives one only a small fraction of the data desirable for sound conclusions. Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get{{...}
  2. (arithmetic) A ratio of two numbers, the numerator and the denominator, usually written one above the other and separated by a horizontal bar.
  3. (chemistry) A component of a mixture, separated by fractionation.
  4. In a eucharistic service, the breaking of the host#Noun_3|host.
  5. A small amount.
  6. The act of breaking, or state of being broken, especially by violence.
    • Neither can the natural body of Christ be subject to any fraction or breaking up.
Related terms Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: фра́кция
Verb

fraction (fractions, present participle fractioning; past and past participle fractioned)

  1. To divide or break into fractions.



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