- pertaining to tenths or to the number 10.
- proceeding by tens: a decimal system.
Origin of decimal
Examples from the Web for decimal
As Marcus says, the devil is often in the details in cases like this, “some decimal point in the wrong place.”James Murdoch: Can He Survive Broadcast Regulator’s Criticism?
September 23, 2012
Decimal three-fifty or thereabouts I fancy from the look of it.An Old Meerschaum
David Christie Murray
One was really beautiful, allowing a decimal point off her nose.From Edinburgh to India & Burmah
William G. Burn Murdoch
In this case the constant is designated by the decimal .005.The Wonder Island Boys: The Mysteries of the Caverns
Roger Thompson Finlay
That seemed to be typical; the frontiers of science, now, were all decimal points.Ministry of Disturbance
Henry Beam Piper
He was a mathematician as far as long division and decimal fractions.Oomphel in the Sky
Henry Beam Piper
- 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 and History for 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.
- 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.