- pertaining to fractions; comprising a part or the parts of a unit; constituting a fraction: fractional numbers.
- comparatively small; inconsiderable or insignificant: The profit on the deal was fractional.
- 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 frac·tion·ar·y [frak-shuh-ner-ee] /ˈfræk ʃəˌnɛr i/.
Origin of fractional
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A fractional second of hesitation could not be permitted him.The Forest
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For one fractional part of a second the stars and skies were blotted out.Invasion
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Small quantities are made by using a fractional part of this recipe.Checking the Waste
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The resulting alcohol is separated by fractional distillation.An Elementary Study of Chemistry
It is possible that they do get a second as it were fractional life in us.The Guardian Angel
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- relating to, containing, or constituting one or more fractions
- 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, etcfractional distillation; fractional crystallization
- very small or insignificant
- broken up; fragmented
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Word Origin and History for fractional
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