fraction

  • 1 fraction — [ fraksjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1187; « rupture » v. 1400; bas lat. fractio, de frangere « briser » I ♦ Liturg. La fraction du pain : action de rompre le pain eucharistique avant de communier. II ♦ 1 ♦ (1538) Math. Nombre rationnel, élément de l ensemble Q …

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  • 2 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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 fraction — Fraction. subst. fem. Action par laquelle on rompt. En ce sens il n a d usage qu en certaines phrases consacrées. Les Pelerins d Emaüs connurent nostre Seigneur à la fraction du pain. le corps de Jesus Christ n est point rompu par la fraction de… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 4 fraction — frac‧tion [ˈfrækʆn] noun [countable] a very small amount of something: • Generic versions of the drug sell for a fraction of the branded price. * * * fraction UK US /ˈfrækʃən/ noun [C, usually singular] ► a small part or amount of something:… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 5 fraction — in general use means ‘a very small part’: • Teaching loads at white schools often are only a fraction the size of those at black schools Saturday Review, AmE 1971. This use is idiomatic despite the pedantic objection occasionally heard that a… …

    Modern English usage

  • 6 Fraction — Frac tion, v. t. (Chem.) To separate by means of, or to subject to, fractional distillation or crystallization; to fractionate; frequently used with out; as, to fraction out a certain grade of oil from pretroleum. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 7 fraction — [n1] part bite, chunk, cut, division, end, fragment, half, piece, portion, section, share, slice; concept 835 Ant. entirety, total, whole fraction [n2] incomplete number bit, division, fragment, part, partial, piece, portion, quotient, ratio,… …

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  • 8 Fraction — (v. lat.), 1) Bruch; 2) das Brechen; 3) in den parlamentarischen Parteien die kleineren Unterabtheilungen od. Gruppen, welche in einzelnen Principienfragen von der Hauptpartei abweichen …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 9 Fraction — Fraction, lat. fractio, Brechung, Bruch; Partei. Fractur, Knochenbruch; in der Buchdruckerei die eckige deutsche Schrift; in der Kalligraphie die Kanzleischrift, die nachgeahmte deutsche Druckschrift …

    Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • 10 fraction — index constituent (part), element, installment, member (constituent part), modicum, moiety, part …

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  • 11 fraction — late 14c., originally in the mathematical sense, from Anglo Fr. fraccioun (O.Fr. fraccion, 12c., breaking ) and directly from L.L. fractionem (nom. fractio) a breaking, especially into pieces, noun of action from pp. stem of L. frangere to break …

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  • 12 fraction — fragment, piece, *part, portion, section, segment, sector, detail, member, division, parcel …

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  • 13 fraction — Fraction, Fracture, Fractura …

    Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • 14 fraction — ► NOUN 1) a numerical quantity that is not a whole number (e.g. 1 / 2, 0.5). 2) a small or tiny part, amount, or proportion. 3) Chemistry each of the portions into which a mixture may be separated according to a physical property such as boiling… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 15 fraction — [frak′shən] n. [ME < L fractio, a breaking < pp. of frangere, BREAK] 1. a breaking or dividing, specif., of the Host in the Mass 2. a) a small part broken off; fragment; scrap b) a small part, amount, degree, etc.; portion 3. Chem. a part… …

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  • 16 fraction — 01. These desserts taste like the rich desserts you love, but at a [fraction] of the calories. 02. Only a [fraction] of those who try to immigrate to this country each year are actually accepted. 03. You can buy regular jeans at a [fraction] of… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 17 fraction — (fra ksion ; en vers, de trois syllabes) s. f. 1°   Terme de liturgie. Action de rompre, de briser le pain eucharistique. •   Les calvinistes reprochaient aux luthériens que, dans la célébration de l eucharistie, ils omettaient la fraction dont l …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 18 fraction — /frak sheuhn/, n. 1. Math. a. a number usually expressed in the form a/b. b. a ratio of algebraic quantities similarly expressed. 2. Chem. (in a volatile mixture) a component whose range of boiling point temperatures allows it to be separated… …

    Universalium

  • 19 Fraction — In common usage a fraction is any part of a unit.Fraction may also mean: *Fraction (mathematics), a quotient of numbers, e.g. ¾ ; or, more generally, an element of a quotient field *Fraction (chemistry), a quantity of a substance collected by the …

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  • 20 fraction — noun 1 part/amount ADJECTIVE ▪ large, significant, sizeable, substantial ▪ mere, small, tiny ▪ A mere fraction of available wind energy is curr …

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