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decimal fraction

noun, Arithmetic.
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
First recorded in 1650-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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?

    The Psychology of Arithmetic 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.

    Among the Forces

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

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

    The Hidden Power

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

    Impressions And Comments Havelock Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for decimal fraction

decimal fraction

another name for decimal (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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