Meaning of FRACTION in English

/frak"sheuhn/ , n.

1. Math.

a. a number usually expressed in the form a/b.

b. a ratio of algebraic quantities similarly expressed.

2. Chem. (in a volatile mixture) a component whose range of boiling point temperatures allows it to be separated from other components by fractionation.

3. a part as distinct from the whole of anything; portion or section: The meeting started with a fraction of us present.

4. a very small part or segment of anything; minute portion: Only a fraction of the work was completed on time.

5. a very small amount; a little bit: It was only a fraction away from completion.

6. a piece broken off; fragment or bit.

7. the act of breaking.

8. Eccles. (in a Eucharistic service) the breaking of the Host.

v.t. , v.i.

9. to divide or break into fractions, sections, factions, etc.: Dissension threatens to fraction the powerful union.

[ 1350-1400; ME fraccioun fraction- (s. of fractio ) a breaking (in pieces), equiv. to L fract ( us ) (ptp. of frangere to BREAK) + -ion- -ION ]

Syn. 3, 6. See part .

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .