(Fra) adv. & prep. [OE.] Fro. [Old Eng. & Scot.]
(Fra) n. [It., for frate. See Friar.] Brother; a title of a monk or friar; as, Fra Angelo. Longfellow.
(Frab) v. i. & t. To scold; to nag. [Prov. Eng.]
(Frab"bit) a. Crabbed; peevish. [Prov. Eng.]
(Fra"cas) (fra"kas; F. fra`kä"; 277), n. [F., crash, din, tumult, It. fracasso, fr. fracassare to break
in pieces, perh. fr. fra within, among (L. infra) + cassare to annul, cashier. Cf. Cashier, v. t.] An
uproar; a noisy quarrel; a disturbance; a brawl.
(Frache) n. A shallow iron pan to hold glass ware while being annealed.
(Frac"id) a. [L. fracidus mellow, soft.] Rotten from being too ripe; overripe. [Obs.] Blount.
(Fract) v. t. [L. fractus, p. p. of frangere to break.] To break; to violate. [Obs.] Shak.
(Frac"ted), a. (Her.) Having a part displaced, as if broken; said of an ordinary. Macaulay.
(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.]
Neither can the natural body of Christ be subject to any fraction or breaking up.Foxe.
2. A portion; a fragment.
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, 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 ½, one half,
&frac25, 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
(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
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.),