1) n. - The act of breaking, or state of being broken, especially by violence.
2) n. - A portion; a fragment.
3) n. - One or more aliquot parts of a unit or whole number; an expression for a definite portion of a unit or magnitude.
4) v. t. - To separate by means of, or to subject to, fractional distillation or crystallization; to fractionate; -- frequently used with out; as, to fraction out a certain grade of oil from pretroleum.
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