# fraction

[ frak-shuhn ]

/ ˈfræk ʃən /

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### noun

### verb (used with or without object)

to divide or break into fractions, sections, factions, etc.: Dissension threatens to fraction the powerful union.

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## Origin of fraction

## synonym study for fraction

3, 6. See part.

## OTHER WORDS FROM fraction

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## British Dictionary definitions for fraction

fraction

/ (ˈfrækʃən) /

### noun

### verb

(tr) to divide

## Word Origin for fraction

C14: from Late Latin fractiō a breaking into pieces, from Latin fractus broken, from frangere to break

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## Medical definitions for fraction

fraction

[ frăk′shən ]

### n.

An expression that indicates the quotient of two quantities.

A chemical component separated by fractionation.

A disconnected piece; a fragment.

An aliquot portion or any portion.

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## Scientific definitions for fraction

fraction

[ frăk′shən ]

A number that compares part of an object or a set with the whole, especially the quotient of two whole numbers written in the form ab. The fraction 12, which means 1 divided by 2, can represent such things as 10 pencils out of a box of 20, or 50 cents out of a dollar. See also decimal fraction improper fraction proper fraction.

A chemical component separated by fractionation.

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## Cultural definitions for fraction

fraction

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.

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