ETYM French fraction, Latin fractio a breaking, from frangere, fractum, to break. Related to Break.
1. A component of a mixture that has been separated by a fractional process.
2. A small piece or item forming part of a whole.
3. The quotient of two rational numbers.
ETYM Old Eng. shrede, schrede, as. screáde; akin to od. schroode, German schrot a piece cut off, Icel. skrjothr a shred, and to Eng. shroud. Related to Screed, Scroll, Scrutiny.
A tiny or scarcely detectable amount; SYN. scintilla, whit, iota, tittle, smidgen, smidgeon, smidgin, smidge.