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[frak-shuh-nl] /ˈfræk ʃə nl/
pertaining to fractions; comprising a part or the parts of a unit; constituting a fraction:
fractional numbers.
comparatively small; inconsiderable or insignificant:
The profit on the deal was fractional.
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)
Origin of fractional
1665-75; fraction + -al1
Related forms
fractionally, adverb
subfractional, adjective
subfractionally, adverb
subfractionary, adjective Unabridged
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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


relating to, containing, or constituting one or more fractions
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
very small or insignificant
broken up; fragmented
Derived Forms
fractionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for fractional

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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