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 for Improper fraction
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fraction \Frac"tion\, n. [F. fraction, L. fractio a breaking,
     fr. frangere, fractum, to break. See Break.]
     1. The act of breaking, or state of being broken, especially
        by violence. [Obs.]
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              Neither can the natural body of Christ be subject to
              any fraction or breaking up.          --Foxe.
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     2. A portion; a fragment.
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              Some niggard fractions of an hour.    --Tennyson.
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     3. (Arith. or Alg.) One or more aliquot parts of a unit or
        whole number; an expression for a definite portion of a
        unit or magnitude.
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     Common fraction, or Vulgar fraction, a fraction in which
        the number of equal parts into which the integer is
        supposed to be divided is indicated by figures or letters,
        called the denominator, written below a line, over which
        is the numerator, indicating the number of these parts
        included in the fraction; as 1/2, one half, 2/5, two
        fifths.
  
     Complex fraction, a fraction having a fraction or mixed
        number in the numerator or denominator, or in both.
        --Davies & Peck.
  
     Compound fraction, a fraction of a fraction; two or more
        fractions connected by of.
  
     Continued fraction, Decimal fraction, Partial fraction,
        etc. See under Continued, Decimal, Partial, etc.
  
     Improper fraction, a fraction in which the numerator is
        greater than the denominator.
  
     Proper fraction, a fraction in which the numerator is less
        than the denominator.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Improper \Im*prop"er\, a. [F. impropre, L. improprius; pref. im-
     not + proprius proper. See Proper.]
     1. Not proper; not suitable; not fitted to the circumstances,
        design, or end; unfit; not becoming; incongruous;
        inappropriate; indecent; as, an improper medicine;
        improper thought, behavior, language, dress.
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              Follow'd his enemy king, and did him service,
              Improper for a slave.                 --Shak.
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              And to their proper operation still,
              Ascribe all Good; to their improper, Ill. --Pope.
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     2. Not peculiar or appropriate to individuals; general;
        common. [Obs.]
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              Not to be adorned with any art but such improper
              ones as nature is said to bestow, as singing and
              poetry.                               --J. Fletcher.
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     3. Not according to facts; inaccurate; erroneous.
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     Improper diphthong. See under Diphthong.
  
     Improper feud, an original feud, not earned by military
        service. --Mozley & W.
  
     Improper fraction. See under Fraction.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  improper fraction
      n 1: a fraction whose numerator is larger than the denominator

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