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common fraction

noun, Arithmetic.
a fraction represented as a numerator above and a denominator below a horizontal or diagonal line.
Also called vulgar fraction.
Origin of common fraction
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Can the same words mean both a common fraction and a decimal fraction?

    The Psychology of Arithmetic Edward L. Thorndike
  • Happiness, said Carlyle, is as the value of a common fraction, which results from dividing the numerator by the denominator.

    21 Frank Crane
  • Expressed by a common fraction it is merely 1/3, which is an incomplete mathematical figure.

    The Hidden Power

    Thomas Troward
British Dictionary definitions for common fraction

common fraction

another name for simple fraction
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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