AskDefine | Define fractional

Dictionary Definition

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

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Pertaining to a fraction.
  2. Divided; fragmentary; incomplete.
  3. Very small; minute.


pertaining to a fraction
divided, fragmentary, incomplete
very small

Extensive Definition

In common usage a fraction is any part of a unit.
Fraction may also mean:
  • Fraction (mathematics), a quotient of numbers, e.g. "¾"; or, more generally, an element of a quotient field
  • Fraction (chemistry), a quantity of a substance collected by the separation process known as fractionation
  • Fraction (religion), the ceremonial act of breaking the bread during Christian Communion
  • Fraction (politics), a parliamentary party
  • Fraction (comic), a short-lived comic about the theft of a powersuit
  • Fractional (ownership), a reference to property timeshare
  • In Human Resources, fraction can refer to the percentage of full-time a part-time employee works. So, for example, if an employee works 50% of the usual hours, their fraction is 50%. Positions which are filled by multiple employees at once can also be expressed by fractions > 100%. For example, if a position is budgeted as 150%, that means one 100% employee and one 50% employee can fill it at a time, or three 50% employees. In this sense, fraction is in units of full-time equivalent employees.

See also

  • A faction – note spelling – is a splinter group or other smaller group within or previously associated with a larger group.
fractional in Belarusian: Дробі
fractional in German: Bruch
fractional in Spanish: Fracción (desambiguación)
fractional in French: Fraction
fractional in Italian: Frazione
fractional in Dutch: Breuk
fractional in Japanese: 分数
fractional in Polish: Frakcja
fractional in Russian: Дробь
fractional in Slovak: Frakcia
fractional in Slovenian: Ulomek
fractional in Swedish: Fraktion
fractional in Chinese: 分數
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