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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 fraction
Historical Examples
• Can the same words mean both a common fraction and a decimal fraction?

Edward L. Thorndike
• Ether is so rare that its density, compared with water, is represented by a decimal fraction with twenty-seven ciphers before it.

Henry White Warren
• He was an engineer and a soldier, and his La Disme was the first separate treatise on the decimal fraction.

Augustus De Morgan
• Expressed as a vulgar fraction it is 2/3; but as a decimal fraction it is .6666 ad infinitum.

Thomas Troward
• We do all this consciously, in full statistical knowledge to a decimal fraction.

Havelock Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for decimal fraction

## decimal fraction

noun
1.
another name for decimal (sense 1)
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decimal fraction in Science
 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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### Difficulty index for decimal fraction

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### Word Value for decimal

12
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