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Definition: complex fraction
n : a fraction with fractions in the numerator or denominator
[syn: compound fraction
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Definition: Complex fraction
, 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.
, 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
, a fraction having a fraction or mixed
number in the numerator or denominator, or in both.
--Davies & Peck.
, a fraction of a fraction; two or more
fractions connected by of.
, Decimal fraction
, Partial fraction
etc. See under Continued
, a fraction in which the numerator is
greater than the denominator.
, a fraction in which the numerator is less
than the denominator.
(k[o^]m"pl[e^]ks), a. [L. complexus, p. p. of
complecti to entwine around, comprise; com- + plectere to
twist, akin to plicare to fold. See Plait
1. Composed of two or more parts; composite; not simple; as,
a complex being; a complex idea.
Ideas thus made up of several simple ones put
together, I call complex; such as beauty, gratitude,
a man, an army, the universe. --Locke.
2. Involving many parts; complicated; intricate.
When the actual motions of the heavens are
calculated in the best possible way, the process is
difficult and complex. --Whewell.
. See Fraction
(Math.), in the theory of numbers, an
expression of the form a + b[root]-1, when a and b are
Syn: See Intricate