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  1. frac·tion
    IPA[ˈfrakSH(ə)n]
  2. noun

    • 1. a numerical quantity that is not a whole number (e.g. 1/2, 0.5).

    • 2. a small or tiny part, amount, or proportion of something:

      he hesitated for a fraction of a second her eyes widened a fraction
      Synonym : tiny part, small part, fragment, snippet, snatch, smattering, selection, tiny amount, little, bit, touch, hint, soupçon, trifle, mite, scrap, dash, spot, modicum, shade, jot, smidgen, smidge, tad
    • 3. a dissenting group within a larger one:

      the dominant classes or fractions in capitalist societies
    • 4. each of the portions into which a mixture may be separated by a process in which the individual components behave differently according to their physical properties:

      the third fraction contain alcohols with boiling points of 120–130°C
    • 5. (in the Christian Church) the breaking of the Eucharistic bread:

      the Fraction may be accompanied by the Agnus Dei
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: fraction, plural noun: fractions

    • noun

      a numerical quantity that is not a whole number (e.g. 1/2, 0.5).

      a small or tiny part, amount, or proportion of something:

    • noun

      a fraction expressed by numerator and denominator, not decimally.
    • noun

      a fraction in which either the numerator or the denominator, or both, contain one or more fractions. Also called complex fraction.
    • noun

      a fraction in which the numerator is greater than the denominator, such as 5/4.
    • noun

      a fraction expressed by a numerator and a denominator, not decimally.
    • noun

      each of two or more fractions into which a more complex fraction can be decomposed as a sum.
    • noun

      a fraction of infinite length whose denominator is a quantity plus a fraction, which latter fraction has a similar denominator, and so on.
    • noun

      a fraction that is less than one, with the numerator less than the denominator.
    • noun

      each of two or more fractions into which a more complex fraction can be decomposed as a sum.
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