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fractional

[frak-shuh-nl] /ˈfræk ʃə nl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to fractions; comprising a part or the parts of a unit; constituting a fraction:
fractional numbers.
2.
comparatively small; inconsiderable or insignificant:
The profit on the deal was fractional.
3.
Chemistry. of or noting a process, as distillation, crystallization, or oxidation, by which the component substances of a mixture are separated according to differences in certain of their properties, as boiling point, critical temperature, or solubility.
Also, fractionary
[frak-shuh-ner-ee] /ˈfræk ʃəˌnɛr i/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of fractional
1665-1675
1665-75; fraction + -al1
Related forms
fractionally, adverb
subfractional, adjective
subfractionally, adverb
subfractionary, adjective
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  • The reason for this religious eclecticism was the fractional character of the old religions; they supplemented each other.

  • A fractional second of hesitation could not be permitted him.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • He opened the first bank in Stillwater when fractional currency was in demand.

    Fifty Years In The Northwest William Henry Carman Folsom
  • For one fractional part of a second the stars and skies were blotted out.

    Invasion William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • No interest to be allowed on any fractional part of a pound.

  • Small quantities are made by using a fractional part of this recipe.

    Checking the Waste Mary Huston Gregory
  • The story of this sweet comradeship cannot be told in a fractional part of its fulness.

    Up the Forked River Edward Sylvester Ellis
  • It is possible that they do get a second as it were fractional life in us.

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Sanborn placed the money on the stool, consisting of two quarters in fractional currency.

    Outward Bound Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for fractional

fractional

/ˈfrækʃənəl/
adjective
1.
relating to, containing, or constituting one or more fractions
2.
of or denoting a process in which components of a mixture are separated by exploiting differences in their physical properties, such as boiling points, solubility, etc: fractional distillation, fractional crystallization
3.
very small or insignificant
4.
broken up; fragmented
Derived Forms
fractionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for fractional
adj.

1670s, from fraction + -al (1).

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