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fraction

noun [C] uk   us   /ˈfræk.ʃən/
C2 a number that results from dividing one whole number by another: ¼ and 0.25 are different ways of representing the same fraction. a small part of something, or a small amount: Although sexual and violent crimes have increased by 13 percent, they remain only a tiny/small fraction of the total number of crimes committed each year. They can produce it at a fraction of the cost of (= much more cheaply than) traditional methods. Could you just move a fraction to the right, then I could get by?
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