- 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.
Origin of fractional
Related Words for fractionalconstituent, divided, fragmentary, incomplete, part, piecemeal, sectional, compartmental, parceled, segmented
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Contemporary Examples of fractional
This camouflage ability underscores a broader issue with fractional regulation of a complex industry.Jamie Dimon’s Hubris Unshakable as JPMorgan Reelects Him to Top Two Posts
May 16, 2012
Historical Examples of fractional
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.An Elementary Study of Chemistry
It is possible that they do get a second as it were fractional life in us.The Guardian Angel
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
- 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