# 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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## Examples from the Web for decimals

### Historical Examples

#### It looks a little odd, you know; but the decimals can't get through a bucket.

Shorty McCabeSewell Ford

#### The title should, of course, read "to 607 Places of Decimals."

A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)Augustus de Morgan

#### Without bothering with all these decimals, a kilometre is about five-eighths of a mile.

Asiatic BreezesOliver Optic

#### With regard to decimals and units, I made a discovery which is, I think, worth stating.

LolaHenny Kindermann

#### Fergus knew the proportion as far as thirty-three figures in decimals.

Stories of InventionEdward E. Hale

# 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

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

- (prenominal) expressed as a decimal

## 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 decimals

# 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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# decimals

Fractional numbers (see fraction) expressed as whole numbers of tenths, hundredths, thousandths, and so on. One-half, for example, is 0.5 in decimal terms.

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