Reference Entry

fraction

Julia Cresswell

in The Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins

Second edition

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780199547920
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191727801
fraction

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Medieval mathematicians called numbers that were not whole numbers fractions. The name came from Latin frangere ‘to break’, also

Reference Entry.  59 words. 

Subjects: History of English

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