What does fraction mean?

Definitions for fractionˈfræk ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word fraction.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fraction(noun)

    a component of a mixture that has been separated by a fractional process

  2. fraction(noun)

    a small part or item forming a piece of a whole

  3. fraction(verb)

    the quotient of two rational numbers

  4. divide, fraction(verb)

    perform a division

    "Can you divide 49 by seven?"


  1. fraction(Noun)

    A part of a whole, especially a comparatively small part.

  2. fraction(Noun)

    A ratio of two numbers, the numerator and the denominator, usually written one above the other and separated by a horizontal bar.

  3. fraction(Noun)

    A component of a mixture, separated by fractionation.

  4. fraction(Noun)

    In a eucharistic service, the breaking of the host.

  5. fraction(Noun)

    A small amount.

  6. fraction(Verb)

    To divide or break into fractions.

  7. Origin: From Middle English fraccioun (a breaking), from Anglo-Norman, from fractio, from frangere, past participle fractus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fraction(noun)

    the act of breaking, or state of being broken, especially by violence

  2. Fraction(noun)

    a portion; a fragment

  3. Fraction(noun)

    one or more aliquot parts of a unit or whole number; an expression for a definite portion of a unit or magnitude

  4. Fraction(verb)

    to separate by means of, or to subject to, fractional distillation or crystallization; to fractionate; -- frequently used with out; as, to fraction out a certain grade of oil from pretroleum

  5. Origin: [F. fraction, L. fractio a breaking, fr. frangere, fractum, to break. See Break.]


  1. Fraction

    A fraction represents a part of a whole or, more generally, any number of equal parts. When spoken in everyday English, a fraction describes how many parts of a certain size there are, for example, one-half, eight-fifths, three-quarters. A common, vulgar, or simple fraction consists of an integer numerator, displayed above a line, and a non-zero integer denominator, displayed below that line. The numerator represents a number of equal parts and the denominator indicates how many of those parts make up a whole. For example, in the fraction 3/4, the numerator, 3, tells us that the fraction represents 3 equal parts, and the denominator, 4, tells us that 4 parts make up a whole. The picture to the right illustrates or 3/4 of a cake. Numerators and denominators are also used in fractions that are not simple, including compound fractions, complex fractions, and mixed numerals. Fractional numbers can also be written without using explicit numerators or denominators, by using decimals, percent signs, or negative exponents. An integer such as the number 7 can be thought of as having an implied denominator of one: 7 equals 7/1.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fraction

    frak′shun, n. a fragment or very small piece: (arith.) any part of a unit: a technical term to indicate the breaking of the bread in the sacrifice of the Eucharist.—v.t. Fract (Shak.), to break, to violate.—adjs. Fract′ed (her.), having a part displaced, as if broken; Frac′tional, belonging to or containing a fraction or fractions; Frac′tionary, fractional: unimportant.—v.t. Frac′tionate, to separate the elements of a mixture by distillation or otherwise.—n. Fractionā′tion.—v.t. Frac′tionise, to break up into fractions.—n. Frac′tionlet, a small fraction.—adj. Frac′tious, ready to quarrel: cross.—adv. Frac′tiously.—ns. Frac′tiousness; Frac′ture, the breaking of any hard body: the breach or part broken: the breaking of a bone.—v.t. to break through.—Compound, Comminuted, Complicated fracture (see the respective adjectives); Greenstick fracture, a fracture where the bone is partly broken, partly bent, occurring in the limbs of children; Simple fracture, a fracture when the bone only is divided. [O. Fr. fraccion—L. fraction-emfrangĕre, fractum, to break.]

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fraction' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3920

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fraction' in Nouns Frequency: #1871


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fraction in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fraction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Patrick Rosenello:

    This was not even a fraction of Sandy.

  2. Chief Executive Larry Lawson:

    We're talking about a fraction of a fraction.

  3. Terry Hanlon:

    We can only get a fraction of what we could sell.

  4. Ryan Mauro:

    ISIS is only a fraction of what it could potentially become.

  5. Mark Kleiman:

    The fraction of people who are monthly users who are in fact daily users has gone way, way up.

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