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fraction

frac·tion

fraction

 
 
pronunciation:
fraek shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a part or very small part of a whole.
I found only a fraction of my lost money.
synonyms:
bit, part, percentage, portion, proportion
antonyms:
whole
similar words:
crumb, division, few, fragment, mite, morsel, slice, trifle
definition 2: a number written as one number divided by another (separated by a hyphen).
The fraction "two-fourths" (2/4) is the same as "two divided by four."
similar words:
quotient, ratio
Word History
Fraction comes from a Latin word that means "a breaking into pieces." In the English spoken in the 1400s, a bone fracture was called a "fraction."
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The word fraction contains the following part:
fract, frag Latin root that means break