partial fraction

noun Algebra.

one of the fractions into which a given fraction can be resolved, the sum of such simpler fractions being equal to the given fraction: Partial fractions of 5/(x2−x) are 5/(x−1) and −5/x.

Nearby words

  1. partial derivative,
  2. partial differential,
  3. partial differential equation,
  4. partial differentiation,
  5. partial eclipse,
  6. partial ophthalmoplegia,
  7. partial ordering,
  8. partial pressure,
  9. partial product,
  10. partial reinforcement

Origin of partial fraction

First recorded in 1810–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for partial fraction

partial fraction


maths one of a set of fractions into which a more complicated fraction can be resolved
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