Meaning of FRACTIONAL in English

FRACTIONAL

I. -shən ə l, -shnəl adjective

1. : of or relating to a fraction : being or constituting a fraction ; especially : having to do with only a small portion of a possible whole, total, or entirety

showing only fractional allegiance to his country

2. : relatively small : inconsiderable , insignificant

waited only a fractional part of the time allowed

also : very short

spoke after a fractional pause

3. : of, relating to, or being fractional currency

a fractional coin

4. : of or relating to any process used to separate the components of a mixture through differences in physical or chemical properties (as volatility or solubility)

fractional distillation of petroleum

fractional crystallization of the rare earths

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: by shortening

: fractional time

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