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# decimal

[des-uh-muh l, des-muh l]
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1. pertaining to tenths or to the number 10.
2. proceeding by tens: a decimal system.
noun

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1600–10; < Medieval Latin decimālis of tenths, equivalent to Latin decim(a) tenth (derivative of decem ten) + -ālis -al1
Can be confuseddecimal decimate destroy (see usage note at decimate) (see synonym study at destroy)
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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 McCabe

Sewell Ford

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

Asiatic Breezes

Oliver Optic

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

Lola

Henny Kindermann

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

Stories of Invention

Edward E. Hale

British Dictionary definitions for decimals

# decimal

noun
1. 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
2. any number used in the decimal system
1. relating to or using powers of ten
2. of the base ten
1. (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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# decimal

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

decimals in Science

# decimal

[dĕsə-məl]
1. A representation of a real number using the base ten and decimal notation, such as 201.4, 3.89, or 0.0006.
2. A decimal fraction.