One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a fraction of the population’
part, subdivision, division, portion, segment, section, sector
proportion, percentage, ratio
share, ration, allotment, apportionment, helping, slice, lot, measure, quota, allocation
element, constituent, unit, module, ingredient
informal cut, whack
2‘these are only a fraction of the collection’
tiny part, small part, fragment, snippet, snatch, smattering, selection
3‘he moved a fraction closer to her’
tiny amount, little, bit, touch, hint, soupçon, trifle, mite, scrap, dash, spot, modicum, shade, jot
informal smidgen, smidge, tad
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