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And her heart for the fraction of a second seemed to stand still too.

For a fraction of a second I had one glimpse of the animal through the brush.

The banded colors were there for a minute fraction of a second.

Is there not a certain glow of triumph in taming such a fraction?

For what we have received from our ancestors is only a fraction of what we are, or may become.

I can't begin to tell you; in fact, I've explored only a fraction.

The 'fraction' ain't 'ignited' yet and the doctors are worried.

Half an hour later he seemed but a fraction of his usual size.

Men of such indomitable initiative, though not rare, are but a fraction.

Our own, at the present maximum, was a fraction over seventy-seven.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., originally in the mathematical sense, from Anglo-French fraccioun (Old French fraccion, 12c., "breaking") and directly from Late Latin fractionem (nominative fractio) "a breaking," especially into pieces, noun of action from past participle stem of Latin frangere "to break," from PIE root *bhreg- "to break" (cf. Sanskrit (giri)-bhraj "breaking-forth (out of the mountains);" Gothic brikan, Old English brecan "to break;" Lithuanian brasketi "crash, crack;" Old Irish braigim "break" wind). Meaning "a breaking or dividing" is from early 15c.; sense of "broken off piece, fragment," is from c.1600.

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