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continued fraction

noun, Mathematics
1.
a fraction whose denominator contains a fraction whose denominator contains a fraction, and so on.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65
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Examples from the web for continued fraction
  • The continued fraction elements do not appear to follow any pattern and are widely suspected to be in some sense random.
  • Coulomb wave functions used in the optical model are calculated by the continued fraction method.
British Dictionary definitions for continued fraction

continued fraction

noun
1.
a number plus a fraction whose denominator contains a number and a fraction whose denominator contains a number and a fraction, and so on
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Encyclopedia Article for continued fraction

expression of a number as the sum of an integer and a quotient, the denominator of which is the sum of an integer and a quotient, and so on. In general,

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