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fraction

frac·tion

fraction

 
 
pronunciation:
fraek shn
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb & intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a number expressed as one number or algebraic quantity divided by another.
One-half (1/2) and two-thirds (2/3) are examples of fractions.
similar words:
quotient, ratio
definition 2: a part or very small part of a whole.
I recovered only a fraction of my expenses.
synonyms:
bit, moiety, part, percentage, portion, proportion, snippet
antonyms:
whole
similar words:
crumb, division, few, fragment, mite, morsel, slice, subdivision, trifle
definition 3: a small part disconnected from a whole; fragment.
synonyms:
fragment, piece, section
antonyms:
whole
similar words:
chip, crumb, part, scrap
 
part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: fractioned, fractioning, fractions
definition: to divide up or break into parts or fragments.
synonyms:
divide, fragment, part, section, segment, subdivide
similar words:
portion, slice
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