|a fraction whose denominator is larger than its numerator. Proper fractions are equal to less than 1.|
|situated in or pertaining to the middle; medial.|
|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.||chem a component of a mixture separated by a fractional process, such as fractional distillation|
|5.||Christianity the formal breaking of the bread in Communion|
|6.||the act of breaking|
|7.||(tr) to divide|
|[C14: from Late Latin fractiō a breaking into pieces, from Latin fractus broken, from frangere to break]|
fraction frac·tion (frāk'shən)
An expression that indicates the quotient of two quantities.
A chemical component separated by fractionation.
A disconnected piece; a fragment.
An aliquot portion or any portion.
|fraction (frāk'shən) Pronunciation Key
A mathematical expression representing the division of one whole number by another. Usually written as two numbers separated by a horizontal or diagonal line, fractions are also used to indicate a part of a whole number or a ratio between two numbers. Fractions may have a value of less than one, as with 1/2, or equal to one, as with 2/2, or more than one, as with 3/2. The top number of a fraction is the numerator and the bottom number is the denominator.