from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Mathematics An expression that indicates the quotient of two quantities, such as 1/3 .
- n. A disconnected piece; a fragment.
- n. A small part; a bit: moved a fraction of a step.
- n. A chemical component separated by fractionation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A part of a whole, especially a comparatively small part.
- n. A ratio of two numbers, the numerator and the denominator, usually written one above the other and separated by a horizontal bar.
- n. A component of a mixture, separated by fractionation.
- n. In a eucharistic service, the breaking of the host.
- n. A small amount.
- v. To divide or break into fractions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of breaking, or state of being broken, especially by violence.
- n. A portion; a fragment.
- n. One or more aliquot parts of a unit or whole number; an expression for a definite portion of a unit or magnitude.
- transitive v. To separate by means of, or to subject to, fractional distillation or crystallization; to fractionate; -- frequently used with out.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of breaking, or the state of being broken, especially by violence; a breaking or fracture.
- n. Specifically (ecclesiastical), the liturgical act of breaking or dividing the eucharistic bread, or host.
- n. A fragment; a separated portion; a disconnected part.
- n. In mathematics: In arithmetic, a part, or a number of aliquot parts, of unity.
- n. In algebra, a ration of algebraic quantities analogous to the arithmetical vulgar fraction, and similarly expressed.
- n. In mathematics: In geometry, any multiple of any submultiple of a magnitude.
- n. In chem., one of the parts into which a substance is separated in the process of fractional distillation. See fractionation.
- Same as fractionate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small part or item forming a piece of a whole
- n. the quotient of two rational numbers
- v. perform a division
- n. a component of a mixture that has been separated by a fractional process
Middle English fraccioun, a breaking, from Anglo-Norman, from Late Latin frāctiō, frāctiōn-, from Latin frāctus, past participle of frangere, to break.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English fraccioun ("a breaking"), from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin fractio ("a fragment, portion"), from earlier Latin fractio ("a breaking, a breaking into pieces"), from fractus (English fracture), past participle of frangere ("to break") (whence English frangible), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrag- (English break). (Wiktionary)