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repeating decimal

noun, Mathematics.
1.
a decimal numeral that, after a certain point, consists of a group of one or more digits repeated ad infinitum, as 2.33333 …. or 23.0218181818 ….
Origin of repeating decimal
1765-1775
First recorded in 1765-75
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  • True, America is free; but in order to establish tradition some one must be a repetend—a repeating decimal.

    The Trimmed Lamp

    O. Henry
British Dictionary definitions for repeating decimal

repeating decimal

noun
1.
another name for recurring decimal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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repeating decimal
  (rĭ-pē'tĭng)   
A decimal in which a pattern of one or more digits is repeated indefinitely, such as 0.353535 ...
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