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# fraction

## Definitions

### 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.

• 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.
• 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.

• 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

## Etymologies

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)

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