from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The value of a distribution for which some fraction of the sample lies below.
- adj. Describing the quality of a sedimentary stone as it relates to the sediments to cohesively bond without fracturing. A stone with a low fractile strength lacks tensile strength and will crack or crumble under stress or pressure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- That may be broken or cleft; pertaining to breakage or cleavage.
And I realize KUOW is just a fractile of NPR but they use the same tax-payer facilities affiliated with UW or PLU in Tacoma.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Switters, as an erstwhile cyberneticist, had some theories about the bicameral brain, its fractile reflection of a universe steeped in paradox: how, simultaneously and inseparably, it functioned both as a computer running programs and as a program being run, how its mastery of preemphasis often failed to protect it against random signals, viruses, or the meddling of -imps.