Improper 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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  • Improper fraction — Improper Im*prop er, a. [F. impropre, L. improprius; pref. im not + proprius proper. See {Proper}.] 1. Not proper; not suitable; not fitted to the circumstances, design, or end; unfit; not becoming; incongruous; inappropriate; indecent; as, an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • improper fraction — ► NOUN ▪ a fraction in which the numerator is greater than the denominator, such as 5 / 4 …   English terms dictionary

  • improper fraction — n. a fraction in which the denominator is less than the numerator (Ex.: 5/ 3) …   English World dictionary

  • improper fraction — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms improper fraction : singular improper fraction plural improper fractions maths a fraction such as 9/4 in which the number above the line is larger than the number below it …   English dictionary

  • improper fraction — noun a fraction whose numerator is larger than the denominator • Hypernyms: ↑fraction * * * imˌproper ˈfraction 7 [improper fraction] noun (mathematics) a ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • improper fraction — fraction in which the numerator is larger than the denominator (such a 10/2), number that is written as a fraction when it is in fact at least a whole number (Mathematics) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • improper fraction — im.proper fraction n technical a ↑fraction such as 107/8 in which the top number is larger than the bottom number ≠ ↑proper fraction …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • improper fraction — im,proper fraction noun count TECHNICAL a FRACTION such as 9/4 in which the number above the line is larger than the number below it ─ opposite PROPER FRACTION …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • improper fraction — noun A vulgar fraction of which the numerator has a greater magnitude than the denominator, such as 3/2. Ant: proper fraction …   Wiktionary

  • improper fraction — noun (C) technical a fraction (2) such as 107/8 in which the top number is larger than the bottom number compare proper fraction …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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