Vulgar 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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  • Vulgar fraction — Vulgar Vul gar, a. [L. vulgaris, from vulgus the multitude, the common people; of uncertain origin: cf. F. vulgaire. Cf. {Divulge}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to the mass, or multitude, of people; common; general; ordinary; public; hence …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vulgar fraction — n BrE old fashioned a ↑fraction that is written as one number above a line and one number below it, and not as a ↑decimal American Equivalent: common fraction …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • vulgar fraction — n. COMMON FRACTION * * * …   Universalium

  • vulgar fraction — ► NOUN Brit. ▪ a fraction expressed by numerator and denominator, not decimally …   English terms dictionary

  • vulgar fraction — n. COMMON FRACTION …   English World dictionary

  • vulgar fraction — noun : common fraction * * * ˌvulgar ˈfraction [vulgar fraction] noun (BrE) a ↑fraction (= a number less than one) that is shown as numbers above and below a line …   Useful english dictionary

  • vulgar fraction — noun A fraction in the form of one integer divided by another, non zero, integer. Syn: common fraction …   Wiktionary

  • vulgar fraction — noun (C) BrE old fashioned a fraction that is written as one number above a line and one number below it, and not as a decimal; common fraction AmE …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • vulgar fraction. — See common fraction. [1665 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • vulgar fraction — simple fraction (Mathematics) …   English contemporary dictionary

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