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# decimal fraction

noun, Arithmetic.
1.
a fraction whose denominator is some power of 10, usually indicated by a dot (decimal point or point) written before the numerator: as 0.4 = 4/10; 0.126 = 126/1000.
Origin of decimal fraction
1650-1660
First recorded in 1650-60
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Examples from the Web for decimal point
Contemporary Examples
• As  Marcus says, the devil is often in the details in cases like this, “some decimal point in the wrong place.”

Historical Examples
• Ecks responded with a cartoon of "Miss Meekness, making a slip of the decimal point."

W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
• One was really beautiful, allowing a decimal point off her nose.

William G. Burn Murdoch
• This system of ignoring the decimal point in dealing with differences will be adopted throughout this article.

• In such cases the added figure is treated as a decimal in the arrangement, though the decimal point is not written.

• Ernie gets along with two—up the column from the bottom, and both ways from the decimal point.

Sewell Ford
• "Printer's error in the decimal point," returned the other, with airy impudence.

• By removing the decimal point one place to the right, we have the equiv.

• The decimal point (or comma) was first used by the inventor of logarithms, John Napier, as early as 1616 and 1617.

Florian Cajori
• Even the decimal point of which we used to be so afraid may actually help the eye to keep its place in adding.

Edward L. Thorndike
British Dictionary definitions for decimal point

## decimal point

noun
1.
a full stop or a raised full stop placed between the integral and fractional parts of a number in the decimal system
Usage note
Conventions relating to the use of the decimal point are confused. The IX General Conference on Weights and Measures resolved in 1948 that the decimal point should be a point on the line or a comma, but not a centre dot. It also resolved that figures could be grouped in threes about the decimal point, but that no point or comma should be used for this purpose. These conventions are adopted in this dictionary. However, the Decimal Currency Board recommended that for sums of money the centre dot should be used as the decimal point and that the comma should be used as the thousand marker. Moreover, in some countries the position is reversed, the comma being used as the decimal point and the dot as the thousand marker

## decimal fraction

noun
1.
another name for decimal (sense 1)
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decimal point in Science
 decimal point   A period used in decimal notation to separate whole numbers from fractions, as in the number 1.3, which represents 1 + 3/10 .
 decimal fraction   A decimal having no digits to the left of the decimal point except zero, such as 0.2 or 0.00354.
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decimal point in Culture

### decimal point definition

The point or dot placed to the left of decimals to separate them from the whole number portion of the decimal. When the number is spoken aloud, the word point is usually used to signify the decimal point. For example, “8.3” is read “eight point three.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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### Difficulty index for decimal fraction

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### Word Value for decimal

12
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