# fraction

(redirected from*fractioning*)

Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.

Related to fractioning: Fractionating column

## fraction

a number usually expressed as 1/2, 1/4, etc.; a part as distinct from the whole of anything; portion or section: He received only a fraction of what he was owed.

**Not to be confused with:**

friction – surface resistance to relative motion; the rubbing of one surface against another; discord, dissidence, antagonism, clash, contention: The disagreement caused a lot of friction between the friends.

Abused, Confused, & Misused Words by Mary Embree Copyright © 2007, 2013 by Mary Embree

## frac·tion

(frăk′shən)*n.*

**1.**

*Mathematics*An expression that indicates the quotient of two quantities, such as

^{1}/

_{3}.

**2.**A disconnected piece; a fragment.

**3.**A small part; a bit: moved a fraction of a step.

**4.**A chemical component separated by fractionation.

[Middle English fraccioun,

*a breaking*, from Anglo-Norman, from Late Latin frāctiō, frāctiōn-, from Latin frāctus, past participle of frangere,*to break*; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.]American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

## fraction

(ˈfrækʃən)*n*

**1.**(Mathematics)

*maths*

**a.**a ratio of two expressions or numbers other than zero

**b.**any rational number that is not an integer

**2.**any part or subdivision: a substantial fraction of the nation.

**3.**a small piece; fragment

**4.**(Chemistry)

*chem*a component of a mixture separated by a fractional process, such as fractional distillation

**5.**(Ecclesiastical Terms)

*Christianity*the formal breaking of the bread in Communion

**6.**the act of breaking

*vb*

(

*tr*) to divide[C14: from Late Latin

*fractiō*a breaking into pieces, from Latin*fractus*broken, from*frangere*to break]Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

## frac•tion

(ˈfræk ʃən)*n.*

**1.**

**a.**a number usu. expressed in the form a/b.

**b.**a ratio of algebraic quantities similarly expressed.

**2.**a component in a volatile mixture whose range of boiling point temperatures allows it to be separated from other components by fractionation.

**3.**a part of a whole: Only a fraction of the members were present.

**4.**a small part or segment: only a fraction of the cost.

**5.**a piece broken off; fragment.

*v.t.,*

*v.i.*

**6.**to break into fractions.

[1350–1400; Middle English

*fraccioun*< Late Latin*frāctiō*act of breaking]Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

## frac·tion

(frăk′shən) A number that compares part of an object or a set with the whole, especially the quotient of two whole numbers written in the form

*. The fraction*^{a}/_{b}^{1}/_{2}, which means 1 divided by 2, can represent such things as 10 pencils out of a box of 20, or 50 cents out of a dollar. See also decimal fraction, improper fraction, proper fraction.The American Heritage® Student Science Dictionary, Second Edition. Copyright © 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

## fraction

**Past participle:**fractioned

**Gerund:**fractioning

Imperative |
---|

fraction |

fraction |

Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonyms

**Legend:**Switch to new thesaurus

Noun | 1. | fraction - a component of a mixture that has been separated by a fractional processchemical, chemical substance - material produced by or used in a reaction involving changes in atoms or molecules |

2. | fraction - a small part or item forming a piece of a whole | |

3. | fraction - the quotient of two rational numbersfixed-point part, mantissa - the positive fractional part of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2.808 the mantissa is .808 rational, rational number - an integer or a fraction common fraction, simple fraction - the quotient of two integers improper fraction - a fraction whose numerator is larger than the denominator proper fraction - a fraction with a numerator smaller than the denominator complex fraction, compound fraction - a fraction with fractions in the numerator or denominator continued fraction - a fraction whose numerator is an integer and whose denominator is an integer plus a fraction whose numerator is an integer and whose denominator is an integer plus a fraction and so on | |

Verb | 1. | fraction - perform a division; "Can you divide 49 by seven?"arithmetic - the branch of pure mathematics dealing with the theory of numerical calculations compute, calculate, cipher, cypher, figure, reckon, work out - make a mathematical calculation or computation halve - divide by two; divide into halves; "Halve the cake" quarter - divide by four; divide into quarters |

Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

## fraction

*noun*

**2.**percentage, share, cut, division, section, proportion, slice, ratio, portion, quota, subdivision, moiety only a small fraction of the cost

Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

Translations

**جُزْء صَغير من**كَسْر

**zlomek**

**brøkdel**

**en smule**

**murtoluku**

**murto-osa**

**dio**

**odsječak**

**razlomak**

**tört**

**brot**

**brot eîa lítill hluti**

**labai mažas**

**nereikšmingas**

**trupmena**

**zlomok**

**ulomek**

## fraction

[ˈfrækʃ*ə*n]

*N*

**2.**(

*fig*) → pequeña porción

*f*, parte

*f*muy pequeña

move it just a fraction → muévelo un poquito

for a fraction of a second → por un instante

Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

## fraction

[ˈfrækʃ^{ə}n]

*n*

*(MATHEMATICS)*→ fraction

*f*

(=

a fraction of a second → une fraction de seconde

at a fraction of the cost → pour beaucoup moins cher

*tiny amount*) a fraction → un petit peua fraction of a second → une fraction de seconde

at a fraction of the cost → pour beaucoup moins cher

Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

## fraction

*n*

(Math) → Bruch

*m**(fig)*→ Bruchteil

*m*; a

**fraction**better/shorter → (um) eine Spur besser/kürzer; move it just a

**fraction**(of an inch) → verrücke es (um) eine Spur; for a

**fraction**of a second → einen Augenblick lang; it missed me by a

**fraction**of an inch → es verfehlte mich um Haaresbreite

Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

## fraction

(ˈfrӕkʃən)*noun*

**1.**a part; not a whole number

*eg 1/4, 3/8, 7/6 etc*.

**2.**a small part. She has only a fraction of her brother's intelligence.

**ˈfractional**

*adjective*

very small. a fractional amount.

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

## frac·tion

*n.*fracción, parte separable de una unidad.

English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

## fraction

*n*fracción

*f*;

**ejection —**fracción de eyección

English-Spanish/Spanish-English Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

Want to thank TFD for its existence? Tell a friend about us, add a link to this page, or visit the webmaster's page for free fun content.

Link to this page: