1. a component of a mixture that has been separated by a fractional process;

2. a small part or item forming a piece of a whole;

3. the quotient of two rational numbers;

1. perform a division;

- Example: "Can you divide 49 by seven?"

[syn: divide,

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 any fraction or breaking up. --Foxe. [1913 Webster] 2. A portion; a fragment. [1913 Webster] Some niggard fractions of an hour. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 3. (Arith. or Alg.) One or more aliquot parts of a unit or whole number; an expression for a definite portion of a unit or magnitude. [1913 Webster] Common fraction, or Vulgar fraction, a fraction in which the number of equal parts into which the integer is supposed to be divided is indicated by figures or letters, called the denominator, written below a line, over which is the numerator, indicating the number of these parts included in the fraction; as 1/2, one half, 2/5, two fifths. Complex fraction, a fraction having a fraction or mixed number in the numerator or denominator, or in both. --Davies & Peck. Compound fraction, a fraction of a fraction; two or more fractions connected by of. Continued fraction, Decimal fraction, Partial fraction, etc. See under Continued, Decimal, Partial, etc. Improper fraction, a fraction in which the numerator is greater than the denominator. Proper fraction, a fraction in which the numerator is less than the denominator. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Angle \An"gle\ ([a^][ng]"g'l), n. [F. angle, L. angulus angle, corner; akin to uncus hook, Gr. 'agky`los bent, crooked, angular, 'a`gkos a bend or hollow, AS. angel hook, fish-hook, G. angel, and F. anchor.] 1. The inclosed space near the point where two lines meet; a corner; a nook. [1913 Webster] Into the utmost angle of the world. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] To search the tenderest angles of the heart. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. (Geom.) (a) The figure made by. two lines which meet. (b) The difference of direction of two lines. In the lines meet, the point of meeting is the vertex of the angle. [1913 Webster] 3. A projecting or sharp corner; an angular fragment. [1913 Webster] Though but an angle reached him of the stone. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 4. (Astrol.) A name given to four of the twelve astrological "houses." [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 5. [AS. angel.] A fishhook; tackle for catching fish, consisting of a line, hook, and bait, with or without a rod. [1913 Webster] Give me mine angle: we 'll to the river there. --Shak. [1913 Webster] A fisher next his trembling angle bears. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Acute angle, one less than a right angle, or less than 90[deg]. Adjacent or Contiguous angles, such as have one leg common to both angles. Alternate angles. See Alternate. Angle bar. (a) (Carp.) An upright bar at the angle where two faces of a polygonal or bay window meet. --Knight. (b) (Mach.) Same as Angle iron. Angle bead (Arch.), a bead worked on or fixed to the angle of any architectural work, esp. for protecting an angle of a wall. Angle brace, Angle tie (Carp.), a brace across an interior angle of a wooden frame, forming the hypothenuse and securing the two side pieces together. --Knight. Angle iron (Mach.), a rolled bar or plate of iron having one or more angles, used for forming the corners, or connecting or sustaining the sides of an iron structure to which it is riveted. Angle leaf (Arch.), a detail in the form of a leaf, more or less conventionalized, used to decorate and sometimes to strengthen an angle. Angle meter, an instrument for measuring angles, esp. for ascertaining the dip of strata. Angle shaft (Arch.), an enriched angle bead, often having a capital or base, or both. Curvilineal angle, one formed by two curved lines. External angles, angles formed by the sides of any right-lined figure, when the sides are produced or lengthened. Facial angle. See under Facial. Internal angles, those which are within any right-lined figure. Mixtilineal angle, one formed by a right line with a curved line. Oblique angle, one acute or obtuse, in opposition to a right angle. Obtuse angle, one greater than a right angle, or more than 90[deg]. Optic angle. See under Optic. Rectilineal or Right-lined angle, one formed by two right lines. Right angle, one formed by a right line falling on another perpendicularly, or an angle of 90[deg] (measured by a quarter circle). Solid angle, the figure formed by the meeting of three or more plane angles at one point. Spherical angle, one made by the meeting of two arcs of great circles, which mutually cut one another on the surface of a globe or sphere. Visual angle, the angle formed by two rays of light, or two straight lines drawn from the extreme points of an object to the center of the eye. For Angles of commutation, draught, incidence, reflection, refraction, position, repose, fraction, see Commutation, Draught, Incidence, Reflection, Refraction, etc. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

fraction n 1: a component of a mixture that has been separated by a fractional process 2: a small part or item forming a piece of a whole 3: the quotient of two rational numbers v 1: perform a division; "Can you divide 49 by seven?" [syn: divide, fraction] [ant: multiply]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

71 Moby Thesaurus words for "fraction": Gaussian integer, adjunct, algebraic number, arithmetical proportion, cardinal, cardinal number, complex number, component, contingent, continued fraction, cross section, defective number, detachment, detail, division, dole, even number, finite number, geometric ratio, harmonic proportion, imaginary number, impair, improper fraction, infinity, installment, integer, irrational, irrational number, item, mixed number, ordinal, pair, parcel, part, particular, percent, percentage, polygonal number, portion, prime number, proportion, pure imaginary, quadrant, quarter, quota, quotum, random sample, rate, ratio, rational, rational number, real, real number, rectangular number, remainder, round number, rule of three, sample, sampling, section, sector, segment, serial number, share, subdivision, subgroup, subspecies, surd, transcendental number, transfinite number, whole numberBouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

FRACTION. A part of any thing broken. A combination of numbers, in arithmetic and algebra, representing one or more parts of a unit or integer. Thus, four-fifths is a fraction, formed by dividing a unit into-five equal parts, and taking one part four times. In law, the term fraction is usually applied to the division of a day. 2. In general, there are no fractions in days. Co. Litt. 225 2 Salk. 625; 2 P. A. Browne, 18; II Mass. 204. But in some cases a fraction will be taken into the account, in order to secure a party his rights; 3 Chit. Pr. 111; 8 Ves. 80 4 Campb. R. 197; 2 B. & Ald. 586; Savig. Dr. Rom. Sec. 182; Rob. Dig. of Engl. Statutes in force in Pennsylvania, 431-2 and when it is required by a special law. Vide article Date.