# fraction

## Origin of fraction

## synonym study for fraction

## OTHER WORDS FROM fraction

sub·frac·tion, noun## Words nearby fraction

## MORE ABOUT FRACTION

## What does *fraction* mean?

A *fraction* is any part separated or distinct from its whole, as in *After the party, just a fraction of the large cake was left.*

A *fraction* can also be a very small part of a whole, as in *We only understand a fraction of how the human mind works.*

In mathematics, *fraction* is a number that is expressed as a proportion, as 1/2 or 2/3. The number on the bottom represents the total number of parts of one unit, while the number on the top is the portion of the unit being considered. For example, in *1/2* the 2 represents two halves of one whole and the *1* represents the amount of parts being observed, in this case one.

To *fraction* means to divide into sections or *fractions*, as in *Politics often fractions people into self-interested groups.*

Example: *That announcement is only a fraction of what’s in store tonight.*

## Where does *fraction* come from?

The first records of the term *fraction* come from the mid-1300s. It ultimately comes from the Latin *frāctiōn*– meaning “a breaking into pieces.” *Fraction* can be used as a verb meaning “to shatter or break into a piece.”

When organizations fall apart, you might hear that they *fraction off* their assets or departments. These *fractions* can either become their own businesses, as with a large company *fractioning off* departments, or can be sold to other companies, as with the materials owned by the *fractioning* company.

## Did you know … ?

**What are some other forms related to fraction?**

- fractional (adjective)
- subfraction (noun)

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## How is *fraction* used in real life?

While *fraction* is most often used in the mathematical sense, it’s also used more loosely to refer to pieces that are of undefined size.

adding fractions began my math downfall

— queen quen (@quenblackwell) October 23, 2018

"it's a frightening thought that in one fraction of a moment you can fall in the kind of love that takes a lifetime to get over"

— camila (@Camila_Cabello) March 20, 2015

wish i woke up with just a fraction of the energy of a guy who found out he’s not the father on maury

— Matt Bellassai (@MattBellassai) April 30, 2018

## Try using *fraction*!

**Which of the following is NOT a synonym for fraction?**

A. part

B. segment

C. piece

D. all

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A mathematical expression representing the division of one whole number by another. Usually written as two numbers separated by a horizontal or diagonal line, fractions are also used to indicate a part of a whole number or a ratio between two numbers. Fractions may have a value of less than one, as with 1/2, or equal to one, as with 2/2, or more than one, as with 3/2. The top number of a fraction is the numerator and the bottom number is the denominator.