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fractional

[frak-shuh-nl] /ˈfræk ʃə 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] /ˈfræk ʃəˌnɛr i/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of fractional
1665-1675
First recorded in 1665-75; fraction + -al1
Related forms
fractionally, adverb
subfractional, adjective
subfractionally, adverb
subfractionary, adjective
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Examples from the Web for fractional
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  • A fractional second of hesitation could not be permitted him.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • For one fractional part of a second the stars and skies were blotted out.

    Invasion William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Small quantities are made by using a fractional part of this recipe.

    Checking the Waste Mary Huston Gregory
  • The resulting alcohol is separated by fractional distillation.

  • It is possible that they do get a second as it were fractional life in us.

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • No order is allowed to contain a fractional part of a penny.

    Her Majesty's Mails

    William Lewins
  • No interest to be allowed on any fractional part of a pound.

  • When the people cannot get up a whole holiday, they will have a fractional one.

    Spanish Vistas George Parsons Lathrop
  • I do not like a fractional life, one which seizes some parts and discards others.

    Dawn Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
British Dictionary definitions for fractional

fractional

/ˈfrækʃənəl/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
fractionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for fractional
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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