The slice is a fraction of the pizza.
- An example of fraction is one third.
- An example of fraction is a piece of glass that fell from a broken window.
- An example of fraction is a piece of pie.
- a breaking or dividing, specif., of the Host in the Mass
- a small part broken off; fragment; scrap
- a small part, amount, degree, etc.; portion
- Chem. a part separated by fractional crystallization, distillation, etc.
- a number expressed as a quotient of two whole numbers, as or : all fractions are rational numbers
- any quantity expressed in terms of a numerator and denominator, as x/y
Origin of fractionMiddle English from Classical Latin fractio, a breaking from past participle of frangere, break
- Mathematics An expression that indicates the quotient of two quantities, such as 13.
- A disconnected piece; a fragment.
- A small part; a bit: moved a fraction of a step.
- A chemical component separated by fractionation.
Origin of fractionMiddle English fraccioun a breaking from Anglo-Norman from Late Latin frāctiō frāctiōn- from Latin frāctus past participle of frangere to break ; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.
- A part of a whole, especially a comparatively small part.
- A ratio of two numbers, the numerator and the denominator, usually written one above the other and separated by a horizontal bar.
- (chemistry) A component of a mixture, separated by fractionation.
- In a eucharistic service, the breaking of the host.
- A small amount.
- The act of breaking, or state of being broken, especially by violence.
(third-person singular simple present fractions, present participle fractioning, simple past and past participle fractioned)
- To divide or break into fractions.
From Middle English fraccioun (“a breaking”), from Anglo-Norman, from Old French, from Medieval Latin fractio (“a fragment, portion”), from earlier Latin fractio (“a breaking, a breaking into pieces”), from fractus (English fracture), past participle of frangere (“to break”) (whence English frangible), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrag- (English break).