• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Fractionally By fractions or separate portions; as, to distill a liquid fractionally, that is, so as to separate different portions.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The number 2,520 can be divided by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 without having a fractional leftover.
    • fractionally In a fractional manner; by a fraction.
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  • Woodrow T. Wilson
    “Most men are individuals no longer so far as their business, its activities, or its moralities are concerned. They are not units but fractions.”
  • Paul Gauguin
    Paul Gauguin
    “Life is hardly more than a fraction of a second. Such a little time to prepare oneself for eternity!”
  • Rosalyn Sussman
    Rosalyn Sussman
    “We still live in a world in which a significant fraction of people, including women, believe that a woman belongs and wants to belong exclusively in the home.”
  • Count Leo Tolstoy
    “A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator the smaller the fraction.”


In literature:

They can be shattered into nothingness in the fraction of a second.
"Edison's Conquest of Mars" by Garrett Putnam Serviss
There was a fraction of a moment left.
"The Iron Horse" by R.M. Ballantyne
Light crosses this distance in a fraction of a second.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
He had held her gaze for the fraction of a moment and in that time his heart had stopped beating.
"Mary Rose of Mifflin" by Frances R. Sterrett
The boy glanced up at his home-made weather-vane, which had been adjusted so that it was right to the fraction of a degree.
"The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men" by Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
We have herds of fractions of men, acting as fractions of men and not as human beings.
"The Ghost in the White House" by Gerald Stanley Lee
Fortunately, only a very small fraction of one per cent ever reaches the proper place for growth.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
He tested the letters by their legibility when seen for a small fraction of a second through a narrow slit in a falling screen.
"The Booklover and His Books" by Harry Lyman Koopman
On fractionating, the melting-points of the fractions were found to lie between 146 deg.
"Researches on Cellulose" by C. F. Cross
Cloud knew to a fraction his height above the ground.
"The Vortex Blaster" by Edward Elmer Smith

In poetry:

G was a giddy Gazelle,
Who never could learn how to spell;
But she managed to pass
To the head of her class,
Because she did fractions so well.
"An Alphabet Zoo" by Carolyn Wells
"And the great fight raged furious all the night
Till every integer was made a fraction;
Reader, wouldst know what history has to show
As net result of the above transaction?
"How To Not Settle It" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"That last remark about the eel
Has also justice that we feel
Quite to our satisfaction.
To-morrow we dispense with fish,
And, for the present, if you wish,
You'll keep your bulbous fraction."
"A Poem Served To Order" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
She dropped on her knees and silently prayed,
With anguished hands and tears delayed
To a painful slowness. The minutes drew
To fractions. Then the west wind blew
The sound of a bell,
On a gusty swell.
"The Book Of Hours Of Sister Clotilde" by Amy Lowell
Perchance a loftier fate
Removed thy radiance from our feeble sight.
Did HE, whose Spirit wills but to create,
Far upward urge thy flight
From this low fraction of expiring time,
To realms where ages roll, as hours, in peace sublime?
"The Lost Pleiad" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
You are saved from being little entrails feeding large brains, you
are saved from being little empty bundles of enjoyment,
You are not to be fractional supported people but complete men;
you will guard your own heads, you will have proud eyes.
"Hellenistics" by Robinson Jeffers

In news:

More fun than 'Star Wars,' at a fraction of the budget.
0The GKM Siebtechnik tumbler screener provides accurate control screening , fractionating, dedusting of dry, powdered, and granular products.
0The Tumbler Screening Machine (TSM) can have up to five screening decks to allow material to be separated into six fractions.
Second wines offer a taste of a top château, at a fraction of the price.
Avantair, the only publicly traded, stand-alone fractional operator, has added Great Exuma in the Bahamas to its primary service area .
Without vibration, the Water Jet Sieve WS 1 from Retsch, Inc provides an exact fractionation of suspensions and slurries in the range of 20 microns to 2 mm.
You're probably familiar with the four operators that dominate the fractional-jet-share business: CitationAir, Flexjet, Flight Options and–the biggest of the big, with more than half the market–NetJets.
Take advantage of the Internet's global reach, and pay a fraction of conventional phone rates.
Squaw Valley opened up a small fraction of their runs Thursday (for just one day).
Maryland has just a fraction of the wineries that Virginia has, but there is a cluster not far from the Beltway that's worth the effort -- the Frederick Trail.
According to the company, the product allows installers to terminate an HD15 or a DB9 with a screwdriver, and mount it on a cable or into a wallplate in a fraction of the time it would take to solder.
The Kepler space telescope has spotted the most tightly packed exoplanet system yet, with five planets orbiting around the star KOI-500 within a fraction of the distance between Mercury and our Sun.
Extract light fraction in oil.
Stricken States Tap Fraction of Equipment.
FORT WORTH, Texas — So many mechanics at American Airlines are taking buyouts that the company expects it will need to lay off only a small fraction of the number it had originally planned.

In science:

The Fractional f-Parts are generalizations of the inferior and respectively superior fractional part of a number.
Sequences of Numbers Involved in Unsolved Problems
When the fraction of initially affected nodes remains fixed as the system size is increased, the fraction of nodes that remain undamaged can undergo a transition from finite values to zero at transmission probabilities above some threshold.
Exhaustive percolation on random networks
The formulas for the coefficients cm and γm and the scalar ν that were used in (14), which were based upon the Caputo time-fractional derivative, easily generalize to other definitions of the time-fractional derivative.
Monte Carlo Random Walk Simulations Based on Distributed Order Differential Equations
To illustrate the behavior of the RG flow we have calculated the fraction nt (Γ)δΓ of t-transformations, the fraction nU (Γ)δΓ of U -transformations, and the fraction nJ (Γ)δΓ of J -transformations in an interval [Γ, Γ + δΓ], where Γ = − ln Ω is the log-energy scale.
Strongly disordered Hubbard model in one dimension: spin and orbital infinite randomness and Griffiths phases
The observed 40∼60% Meissner fraction (i.e., fraction of flux excluded when cooling through Tc ) compares well with field-cooled results on other superconducting cuprates.
Tl2Ba2CuO6+d Brings Spectroscopic Probes Deep Into the Overdoped Regime of the High-Tc Cuprates