Complex 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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  • Complex fraction — Complex Com plex (k[o^]m pl[e^]ks), a. [L. complexus, p. p. of complecti to entwine around, comprise; com + plectere to twist, akin to plicare to fold. See {Plait}, n.] 1. Composed of two or more parts; composite; not simple; as, a complex being; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • complex fraction — n. a fraction with a fraction in its numerator or denominator, or in both …   English World dictionary

  • complex fraction — noun a fraction with fractions in the numerator or denominator • Syn: ↑compound fraction • Hypernyms: ↑fraction * * * noun : a fraction having a fraction or mixed number in the numerator or denominator or in each called also compound fraction * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • complex fraction — fraction which is combined together with a whole number (such as 3 1/2) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • complex fraction — noun Date: 1827 a fraction with a fraction or mixed number in the numerator or denominator or both compare simple fraction …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • complex fraction — Math. a fraction in which the numerator or the denominator or both contain one or more fractions. Also called compound fraction. [1820 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • complex fraction — com′plex frac′tion n. math. a fraction in which the numerator or the denominator or both contain one or more fractions Also called compound fraction • Etymology: 1820–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • complex fraction — /kɒmplɛks ˈfrækʃən/ (say kompleks frakshuhn) noun a fraction expressing a ratio between fractions or mixed numbers, or between a fraction or mixed number and a whole number …   Australian English dictionary

  • Complex — Com plex (k[o^]m pl[e^]ks), a. [L. complexus, p. p. of complecti to entwine around, comprise; com + plectere to twist, akin to plicare to fold. See {Plait}, n.] 1. Composed of two or more parts; composite; not simple; as, a complex being; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Complex number — Complex Com plex (k[o^]m pl[e^]ks), a. [L. complexus, p. p. of complecti to entwine around, comprise; com + plectere to twist, akin to plicare to fold. See {Plait}, n.] 1. Composed of two or more parts; composite; not simple; as, a complex being; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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