- a number usually expressed in the form a/b.
- a ratio of algebraic quantities similarly expressed.
verb (used with or without object)
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As a result, Phobos appears large enough to blot out a large fraction of the sun as seen from the surface of Mars.These Images Expose the Dark Side of the Solar System - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Corey S. Powell|August 26, 2020|Nautilus
She and her colleagues used a model that compared fantasy players’ win fractions during the first half of a series of competitions against their win fractions over the second half.The Economics of Sports Gambling (Ep. 388 Rebroadcast)|Stephen J. Dubner|August 20, 2020|Freakonomics
China’s gross savings rate, as a fraction of its gross domestic product, dropped from a peak of 52 percent in 2008 to 46 percent in 2018, while India’s fell from 37 percent in 2007 to 30 percent in 2018.Could the Recession Revive the Savings Gene in China and India?|Pallabi Munsi|August 16, 2020|Ozy
There’s a precise way in which a matching Set triple can be thought of as an arithmetic progression, and just as with lists of whole numbers, you can ask what fraction of the cards you must lay down to be sure of finding at least one triple.Landmark Math Proof Clears Hurdle in Top Erdős Conjecture|Erica Klarreich|August 3, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Since 77 is an odd number, we cannot reduce this fraction to have a lower power of 2 in the denominator, so 5 or 6 generations will not work.How to Design (or at Least Model) Mixed Dog Breeds|Pradeep Mutalik|July 31, 2020|Quanta Magazine
It has a third of the budget and a fraction of the maritime vessels.
One can only hope that their life together is even a fraction as fabulous as their wedding.
He maintains that Israel, which made these a prime target, only managed to destroy a fraction of them during the war.
The decibel levels fell a fraction, but we were still in the heart of a crowd that believed in Brazil.Germany Humiliates World Cup Host Brazil 7-1 in Semifinal Slaughter|Tunku Varadarajan|July 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was, he said, amazed that “a fraction of a gram of sugar had rendered [him] unconscious.”The Week in Death: Alexander Shulgrin, Who Synthesized the Drug Ecstasy|The Telegraph|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The smaller the fraction which rushes, the greater the number of rifles which continue to fire upon the enemy.Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911|United States War Department
Arline's blue eyes rested on the intruder for the fraction of a second.Grace Harlowe's Third Year at Overton College|Jessie Graham Flower
Thus he knew to a fraction just what resources Wagner had left when the critical stage was reached for the final spurt.Fred Fenton on the Track|Allen Chapman
Death had missed him by the fraction of an inch, by a split second.The Radio Detectives Under the Sea|A. Hyatt Verrill
With only a fraction of your chance at inside information, I've stayed on the up-hill side, straight through, myself.The City of Numbered Days|Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for fraction
- a ratio of two expressions or numbers other than zero
- any rational number that is not an integer
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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.