fractionally

fractional

[frak-shuh-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] .


Origin:
1665–75; fraction + -al1

fractionally, adverb
subfractional, adjective
subfractionally, adverb
subfractionary, adjective
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fractional (ˈfrækʃənəl, ˈfrækʃənərI)
 
adj
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
 
fractionary
 
adj
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
 
fractionally
 
adv

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