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Dewey Decimal System

noun
  1. a frequently used system of library book classification and arrangement with ten main subject classesAlso called: decimal classification Abbreviation: DDS
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Word Origin

C19: named after Melvil Dewey (1851–1931), US educator who invented the system
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Word Origin and History for dewey decimal system

Dewey Decimal system

proposed 1876 by Melvil Dewey (1851-1931) while acting librarian of Amherst College. He also crusaded for simplified spelling and the metric system.

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dewey decimal system in Culture

Dewey decimal system

A system used in libraries for the classification of books and other publications. It uses the numbers 000 to 999 to cover the general fields of knowledge and subdivides each field by the use of decimals and letters. Named after its inventor, Melvil Dewey.

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