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Fractional

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fractional \Frac"tion*al\, adjective

1. Of or pertaining to fractions or a fraction; constituting a fraction; as, fractional numbers.

2. Relatively small; inconsiderable; insignificant; as, a fractional part of the population.

{Fractional crystallization} (Chem.), a process of gradual and approximate purification and separation, by means of repeated solution and crystallization therefrom.

{Fractional currency}, small coin, or paper notes, in circulation, of less value than the monetary unit.

{Fractional distillation} (Chem.), a process of distillation so conducted that a mixture of liquids, differing considerably from each other in their boiling points, can be separated into its constituents.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

fractional

adjective

1: constituting or comprising a part or fraction of a possible whole or entirety; "a fractional share of the vote"; "a partial dose" [ant: {whole}]


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