adjective Date: 1650 1. of, relating to, or being a fraction 2. of, relating to, or being fractional currency 3. relatively small ; inconsiderable 4. of, relating to, or involving a process for separating components of a mixture through differences in physical or chemical properties <
fractional distillation
fractionally adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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