# decimal

[des-uh-muh l, des-muh l]

- pertaining to tenths or to the number 10.
- proceeding by tens: a decimal system.

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## Origin of decimal^{}

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## Examples from the Web for decimal

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#### Decimal three-fifty or thereabouts I fancy from the look of it.

An Old MeerschaumDavid Christie Murray

#### One was really beautiful, allowing a decimal point off her nose.

From Edinburgh to India & BurmahWilliam G. Burn Murdoch

#### In this case the constant is designated by the decimal .005.

The Wonder Island Boys: The Mysteries of the CavernsRoger Thompson Finlay

#### That seemed to be typical; the frontiers of science, now, were all decimal points.

Ministry of DisturbanceHenry Beam Piper

#### He was a mathematician as far as long division and decimal fractions.

Oomphel in the SkyHenry Beam Piper

# decimal

- Also called: decimal fraction a fraction that has a denominator of a power of ten, the power depending on or deciding the decimal place. It is indicated by a decimal point to the left of the numerator, the denominator being omitted. Zeros are inserted between the point and the numerator, if necessary, to obtain the correct decimal place
- any number used in the decimal system

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- relating to or using powers of ten
- of the base ten

- (prenominal) expressed as a decimal

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## Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin decimālis of tithes, from Latin decima a tenth, from decem ten

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## Word Origin and History for decimal

### adj.

c.1600, from Medeival Latin decimalis "of tithes or tenths," from Latin decimus "tenth," from decem "ten" (see ten). Applied to Arabic notation before modern sense of "decimal fractions" emerged. As a noun from 1640s.

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# decimal

[dĕs′ə-məl]

- A representation of a real number using the base ten and decimal notation, such as 201.4, 3.89, or 0.0006.
- A decimal fraction.

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