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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Fraction \Frac"tion\, noun [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.]
Neither can the natural body of Christ be subject to any fraction or breaking up. --Foxe.
Some niggard fractions of an hour. --Tennyson.
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.
{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.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
noun
1: the quotient of two integers [syn: {common fraction}, {simple fraction}]
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