Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To divide or separate into parts; break up: "In the post-Watergate era, power has been fractionated on Capitol Hill” ( Evan Thomas).
  • transitive v. To separate (a chemical compound) into components, as by distillation or crystallization.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To separate (a mixture) into its individual constituents by exploiting differences in some chemical or physical property, such as boiling point, particle size, solubility etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To separate (a mixture of chemical substances) into different portions or fractions, as in the distillation of liquids.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To subject to or obtain by the process of fractionation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. separate into constituents or fractions containing concentrated constituents
  • v. obtain by a fractional process

Etymologies

fraction +‎ -ate? (Wiktionary)

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