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Fraction Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    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 : perform a division; "Can you divide 49 by seven?" [syn: divide] [ant: multiply]
Fraction Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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. Into the utmost angle of the world. --Spenser. To search the tenderest angles of the heart. --Milton.
  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.
  3. A projecting or sharp corner; an angular fragment. Though but an angle reached him of the stone. --Dryden.
  4. (Astrol.) A name given to four of the twelve astrological ``houses.'' [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  5. [AS. angel.] A fishhook; tackle for catching fish, consisting of a line, hook, and bait, with or without a rod. Give me mine angle: we 'll to the river there. --Shak. A fisher next his trembling angle bears. --Pope. 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.

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Fraction'

  • Fraction: In common usage a fraction is any part of a unit . Fraction may also mean: Fraction (mathematics), a quotient of numbers, e.g. "¾"; ...
  • Fraction (mathematics): A fraction (from fractus , "broken") is a number that can represent part of a whole . The earliest fractions were reciprocals of integer s ...
  • Fractionation: A common trait in fractionations is the need to find an optimum between the amount of fractions collected and the desired purity in each ...
  • Fractional distillation: Fractional distillation is the separation of a mixture into its component parts , or fractions , such as in separating chemical compound s ...
  • Fractional-reserve banking: Fractional-reserve banking is the banking practice in which only a fraction of a bank 's deposits are kept as reserves (cash and other ...
  • Fraction (chemistry): A fraction in chemistry is a quantity collected from a sample or batch of a substance in a fractionating separation process . ...
  • Fraction (religion): The Fraction is the ceremonial act of breaking the consecrated bread during the Eucharist ic rite in some Christian denominations. ...

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* To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event. - Henri Cartier-Bresson

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