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 improper medicine; improper thought, behavior, language, dress. [1913 Webster]

Follow'd his enemy king, and did him service, Improper for a slave. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

And to their proper operation still, Ascribe all Good; to their improper, Ill. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. Not peculiar or appropriate to individuals; general; common. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Not to be adorned with any art but such improper ones as nature is said to bestow, as singing and poetry. --J. Fletcher. [1913 Webster]

3. Not according to facts; inaccurate; erroneous. [1913 Webster]

{Improper diphthong}. See under {Diphthong}.

{Improper feud}, an original feud, not earned by military service. --Mozley & W.

{Improper fraction}. See under {Fraction}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • 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… …   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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