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, in general use; vernacular. ``As common as any the most vulgar thing to sense. '' -- Shak. [1913 Webster]

Things vulgar, and well-weighed, scarce worth the praise. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

It might be more useful to the English reader . . . to write in our vulgar language. --Bp. Fell. [1913 Webster]

The mechanical process of multiplying books had brought the New Testament in the vulgar tongue within the reach of every class. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]

2. Belonging or relating to the common people, as distinguished from the cultivated or educated; pertaining to common life; plebeian; not select or distinguished; hence, sometimes, of little or no value. ``Like the vulgar sort of market men.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Men who have passed all their time in low and vulgar life. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

In reading an account of a battle, we follow the hero with our whole attention, but seldom reflect on the vulgar heaps of slaughter. --Rambler. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence, lacking cultivation or refinement; rustic; boorish; also, offensive to good taste or refined feelings; low; coarse; mean; base; as, vulgar men, minds, language, or manners. [1913 Webster]

Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Vulgar fraction}. (Arith.) See under {Fraction}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • 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… …   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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