improper fraction


noun Mathematics.

a fraction having the numerator greater than the denominator.

Nearby words

  1. improbable,
  2. improbity,
  3. imprompt,
  4. impromptu,
  5. improper,
  6. improper integral,
  7. improperia,
  8. impropriate,
  9. impropriety,
  10. improv

Origin of improper fraction

First recorded in 1535–45

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British Dictionary definitions for improper fraction

improper fraction

noun

a fraction in which the numerator has a greater absolute value or degree than the denominator, as 7/6 or (x ² + 3)/(x + 1)
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Science definitions for improper fraction

improper fraction

[ ĭm-prŏpər ]

A fraction in which the numerator is greater than or equal to the denominator, such as 32. Compare proper fraction.
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