Definitions

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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or constituting a fraction.
  • adj. Very small; insignificant: a minor candidate's fractional share of the vote.
  • adj. Being in fractions or pieces.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to a fraction.
  • adj. Divided; fragmentary; incomplete.
  • adj. Very small; minute.
  • adj. Relating to a process or product of fractional distillation.
  • n. An expression of a fractional number.
  • n. Partial ownership of a property, such as real estate or a chartered airplane, such that each partial owner has use of the property for only a portion of the time.
  • n. Relating to a fraction in a material distillation or separation process.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to fractions or a fraction; constituting a fraction.
  • adj. Relatively small; inconsiderable; insignificant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to fractions; comprising a part or the parts of a unit; constituting a fraction: as, fractional numbers.

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

  • adj. constituting or comprising a part or fraction of a possible whole or entirety

Etymologies

From fraction +‎ -al. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • ID guy insists that Shannon Information doesn't deal in fractional bits, even when it was pointed out that Shannon said "a decimal digit is about 3 1/3 bits."

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  • Without a LoLR, any bank that engages in fractional reserve banking is always liable to a bank-run.

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  • I also suppose it would be sorta ok if private banks wanted to engage in fractional reserve banking but only if there was a big notice in BIG BIG letters in the written contract explaining the risks.

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  • Eagles, Maples, etc in fractional sizes cost to damn much.

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  • The use of water bathing in fractional crystallization.

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  • Its called "fractional reserve banking" which originated from the Federal Reserve..who are the masters of loaning 10 times more money then they actually have in their reserves!

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  • Those fractions are probably the origin of the terms fractional distillation

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  • Industry studies have shown that over the long term fractional ownership may be cheaper than renting after comparing the cost of vacationing to the cost of owning a fractional vacation residence, particularly in a highly desirable resort area.

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  • What we know as fractional reserve banking equates to letting banks keep a tiny fraction of their deposits (their depositors 'money, one should perhaps add) in order to lend out the remainder for profit (theirs, not the depositors', one should perhaps add).

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  • 4 Except as to the following-described lands and right-of-way, all public lands in fractional section 7, T. 52 N.,

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