• WordNet 3.6
    • adj fractional constituting or comprising a part or fraction of a possible whole or entirety "a fractional share of the vote","a partial dose"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • 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.
    • Fractional Of or pertaining to fractions or a fraction; constituting a fraction; as, fractional numbers.
    • Fractional Relatively small; inconsiderable; insignificant; as, a fractional part of the population.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The slanted line that divides dates, fractions, choices, etc. (6/1/04) is called a virgule.
    • fractional Pertaining to fractions; comprising a part or the parts of a unit; constituting a fraction: as, fractional numbers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fractional belonging to or containing a fraction or fractions
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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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. fraccion—L. fraction-emfrangĕre, fractum, to break.


In literature:

I've just begun fractions, and I hate them.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Just a very small fraction less than the readings.
"The Ultimate Weapon" by John Wood Campbell
Then he took over other nations where less than a fraction of a fraction of one per cent concurred.
"Talents, Incorporated" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
His eyes took in the picture in a fraction of a second.
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett
But the pause amounted only to a small fraction of a second, a dense cloud being immediately precipitated upon the beam.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
For a mere fraction of a second it seemed to poise itself for flight.
"Nan Sherwood at Palm Beach" by Annie Roe Carr
But unless you can hold like iron for that fraction of a second, you can't shoot and you never can shoot.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Can they add even a fraction to the understanding of anyone else?
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
But for the fraction of an instant they were silhouetted against the silver wings.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
For just a fraction of a second he turned, and defied the ram with a screeching snarl.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts

In poetry:

Love and boredom and pity I'd take,
Even the nightingale in the wood -
Every tiny fraction of life
We live on earth, I'd take - if I could.
""If God in his almighty Power..."" by Konstantin Simonov
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
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
Only this veil which Thou hast broke,
And must be broken yet in me,
This veil, I say, is all the cloak
And cloud which shadows Thee from me.
This veil Thy full-eyed love denies,
And only gleams and fractions spies.
"Cock-Crowing" by Henry Vaughan
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

In news:

0The GKM Siebtechnik ultimate tumbler screener provides accurate control screening, fractionating, dedusting of dry, powdered, and granular products.
He noted, however, that the losses in uncollectable taxes are just a fraction of countywide tax rolls that this year totaled $783 million.
To be offline for 3-5 weeks while it conducts unplanned maintenance related to fractionator performance.
PAHCS ordered flu shots from three distributors but has only received a fraction of its order.
You could spend a fraction of that amount on the Water Jet, which promises to turn your garden hose into a high power washer.
Off just a fraction with a number of scoring attempts while failing with an offensive experiment, Farragut's boys soccer team still hung on Wednesday, April 15, against a state-ranked foe.
COLLEGE PLACE - 3.141592653 These are just a tiny fraction of the number digits of pi recited Friday by Walla Walla University students in the 17th annual Randy Yaw Pi Contest.
DANVILLE — While CASA of Vermilion County is currently serving 67 abused and neglected boys and girls, officials said that's only a fraction of the 300 or so local children who are in the foster care system each year.
Up to half of patients with heart failure have normal or near-normal ejection fraction.
How would you like for your business to reach thousands of people for just a fraction of the cost of other media outlets.
Officials said these high-profile cases represent only a fraction of the real numbers, and there is a desperate scramble under way to recruit more people willing to foster, adopt and advocate for children.
A $12,000 tractor stolen in Macon County and sold as scrap in Georgia for a fraction of the price.
One of the fashion world's favorite secrets is about to become public: It is possible to buy top-quality designer merchandise at a fraction of the price.
Crosstex Energy LP is completing engineering studies, pipeline routing, and environmental permitting for an expansion of its Eunice NGL fractionation facilities and extension of its Cajun-Sibon NGL pipeline.
That's because only a fraction of the 20,000 seats will likely be made available to the public.

In science:

Can decaying particles produce a reionization fraction of 0.5 at z ≃ 20 ? As shown in fig. 2, in such a reionization scenario the ionization fraction would always be x ≥ 0.02.
Decaying particles and the reionization history of the Universe
We achieved this ob jective for the trapping of a single subdiffusive random walker in one dimension and, by means of the fractional diffusion formalism, exact analytical expressions were found in terms of the special functions characteristic of fractional calculus.
Some exact results for the trapping of subdiffusive particles in one dimension
The reduced electron energy fraction ¯ǫe used in Granot & Sari (2002) is here replaced by the more commonly used, actual fraction ǫe = ¯ǫe (p − 1)/(p − 2).
The Diversity of Gamma-Ray Bursts and the Surroundings of Massive Stars
Though a fractional Brownian random walk is mathematically also defined for fractional dimensions dw /∈ N not being integers, this possibility is not realized by black holes where all dwalk happen to be integers.
Black Holes, Space-Filling Chains and Random Walks
If most of the baryons then within this region had promptly collapsed to stars, the stellar mass fraction within r = 10h−1 kpc at z ∼ 6 would have been about equal to the primeval mass fraction, that is, about one fifth of the total mass within the present half-light radius.
Early Formation and Late Merging of the Giant Galaxies