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fraction  


      n  
1      (Maths)  
a    a ratio of two expressions or numbers other than zero  
b    any rational number that can be expressed as the ratio of two integers, a/b, where b does not equal a, 1, or 0, and a does not equal 0  
2    any part or subdivision  
a substantial fraction of the nation     
3    a small piece; fragment  
4      (Chem)   a component of a mixture separated by a fractional process, such as fractional distillation  
5      (Christianity)   the formal breaking of the bread in Communion  
6    the act of breaking  
      vb  
7    tr   to divide  
     (C14: from Late Latin fractio a breaking into pieces, from Latin fractus broken, from frangere to break)  


common fraction  
      n      another name for       simple fraction  
complex fraction  
      n     (Maths)   a fraction in which the numerator or denominator or both contain fractions,   (Also called)    compound fraction  
compound fraction  
      n      another name for       complex fraction  
continued fraction  
      n   a number plus a fraction whose denominator contains a number and a fraction whose denominator contains a number and a fraction, and so on  
decimal fraction  
      n      another name for       decimal       1  
improper fraction  
      n   a fraction in which the numerator has a greater absolute value or degree than the denominator, as 7/6 or (x2 + 3)/(x + 1)  
packing fraction  
      n   a measure of the stability of a nucleus, equal to the difference between its mass in amu and its mass number, divided by the mass number  
partial fraction  
      n     (Maths)   one of a set of fractions into which a more complicated fraction can be resolved  
proper fraction  
      n   a fraction in which the numerator has a lower absolute value than the denominator, as ½ or x/(3 + x2)  
simple fraction  
      n   a fraction in which the numerator and denominator are both integers expressed as a ratio rather than a decimal,   (Also called)    common fraction, vulgar fraction  
vulgar fraction  
      n      another name for       simple fraction  
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exp.
be very expensive; cost a lot

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