Proper fraction
Fraction Frac"tion, n. [F. fraction, L. fractio a breaking, fr. frangere, fractum, to break. See {Break}.] 1. The act of breaking, or state of being broken, especially by violence. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Neither can the natural body of Christ be subject to any fraction or breaking up. --Foxe. [1913 Webster]

2. A portion; a fragment. [1913 Webster]

Some niggard fractions of an hour. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

3. (Arith. or Alg.) One or more aliquot parts of a unit or whole number; an expression for a definite portion of a unit or magnitude. [1913 Webster]

{Common fraction}, or {Vulgar fraction}, a fraction in which the number of equal parts into which the integer is supposed to be divided is indicated by figures or letters, called the denominator, written below a line, over which is the numerator, indicating the number of these parts included in the fraction; as 1/2, one half, 2/5, two fifths.

{Complex fraction}, a fraction having a fraction or mixed number in the numerator or denominator, or in both. --Davies & Peck.

{Compound fraction}, a fraction of a fraction; two or more fractions connected by of.

{Continued fraction}, {Decimal fraction}, {Partial fraction}, etc. See under {Continued}, {Decimal}, {Partial}, etc.

{Improper fraction}, a fraction in which the numerator is greater than the denominator.

{Proper fraction}, a fraction in which the numerator is less than the denominator. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Proper fraction — Proper Prop er, a. [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius. Cf. {Appropriate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Belonging to one; one s own; individual. His proper good [i. e., his own possessions]. Chaucer. My proper son. Shak. [1913 Webster] Now learn the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper fraction — n a ↑fraction such as ¾, in which the number above the line is smaller than the one below it →↑improper fraction …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • proper fraction — noun count a FRACTION in which the number above the line is smaller than the number below the line, for example ¼ …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • proper fraction — ► NOUN ▪ a fraction that is less than one, with the numerator less than the denominator …   English terms dictionary

  • proper fraction — n. Math. a fraction in which the numerator is less, or of lower degree, than the denominator, as 2/ 5 or x/x2 …   English World dictionary

  • proper fraction — noun a fraction with a numerator smaller than the denominator • Hypernyms: ↑fraction • Hyponyms: ↑decimal fraction, ↑decimal * * * ˌproper ˈfraction 7 [proper fraction] …   Useful english dictionary

  • proper fraction — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms proper fraction : singular proper fraction plural proper fractions maths a fraction in which the number above the line is smaller than the number below the line, for example ¼ …   English dictionary

  • proper fraction — fraction whose top number is smaller than the bottom …   English contemporary dictionary

  • proper fraction — noun A vulgar fraction in which the magnitude of the numerator is less than or equal to that of the denominator, such as 2/3. Ant: improper fraction …   Wiktionary

  • proper fraction — noun (C) a fraction such as ¾ in which the number above the line is smaller than the one below it compare improper fraction …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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