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?|Peter Jukes|September 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The specific gravity of water is taken as unity, and that of any other substance is expressed as a decimal.The Library of Work and Play: Mechanics, Indoors and Out|Fred T. Hodgson
The dollar was made the unit of account and payment, and subdivisions were made in a decimal ratio.Albert Gallatin|John Austin Stevens
The one difficulty lies in the decimal numbers which require certain lessons.The Montessori Method|Maria Montessori
For at the outset of its problem it found the Decimal classification in considerable vogue, the Expansive in considerable favor.
By long practice and the most accurate chronometric reckoning, old Mr. Beirne timed his proceedings to a decimal.V. V.'s Eyes|Henry Sydnor Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for decimal
- relating to or using powers of ten
- of the base ten
Word Origin for 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.