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Definition: compound fraction
n : a fraction with fractions in the numerator or denominator
[syn: complex fraction
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Definition: Compound 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.
, a. [OE. compouned, p. p. of compounen. See
, v. t.]
Composed of two or more elements, ingredients, parts;
produced by the union of several ingredients, parts, or
things; composite; as, a compound word.
Compound substances are made up of two or more simple
substances. --I. Watts.
(Arith.), the addition, subtraction, etc., of
(Crystallog.), a twin crystal, or one
seeming to be made up of two or more crystals combined
according to regular laws of composition.
(Mech.), a form of steam engine in which
the steam that has been used in a high-pressure cylinder
is made to do further service in a larger low-pressure
cylinder, sometimes in several larger cylinders,
. (Chem.) See under Ether
(Bot.), a flower head resembling a single
flower, but really composed of several florets inclosed in
a common calyxlike involucre, as the sunflower or
. (Math.) See Fraction
. See Fracture
, a householder who compounds or
arranges with his landlord that his rates shall be
included in his rents. [Eng.]
. See Interest
. (Law) See Larceny
(Bot.), a leaf having two or more separate
blades or leaflets on a common leafstalk.
. See Microscope
. See Motion
(Math.), one constructed according to a
varying scale of denomination; as, 3 cwt., 1 qr., 5 lb.;
-- called also denominate number
(Arch.), a clustered column.
(Alg.), a quantity composed of two or
more simple quantities or terms, connected by the sign +
(plus) or - (minus). Thus, a + b - c, and bb - b, are
. (Chem.) See Radical
(Math.), the product of two or more ratios;
thus ab:cd is a ratio compounded of the simple ratios a:c
(Mech.), the tool carriage of an engine
(Mech.), a screw having on the same axis two
or more screws with different pitch (a differential
screw), or running in different directions (a right and
(Mus.), that in which two or more simple
measures are combined in one; as, 6-8 time is the joining
of two measures of 3-8 time.
, a word composed of two or more words;
specifically, two or more words joined together by a