# decimal point

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a dot used to separate the whole part of a mixed number from its fractional part: for example, in the mixed number 32.89, the whole part is 32 whole units, the fractional part is 89 one-hundredths, and the dot that allows for the expression 32.89 is the decimal point: If you want to multiply 14.675 by 10, just move the decimal point one place to the right to get 146.75, the correct answer.

## Origin of decimal point

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## Words Nearby decimal point

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## How to use decimal point in a sentence

Hebrank said District 9 was a “stepchild” created in 2011 and took issue with continuing to pull it apart just to move a “certain population” up a few decimal points.

Latinos Stand to Lose Voting Power in District 9 | Maya Srikrishnan | December 7, 2021 | Voice of San DiegoHe also said the discrepancies in the decimal points were caused by Skeate’s software.

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 | THE DAILY BEASTThe

*decimal point*(or comma) was first used by the inventor of logarithms, John Napier, as early as 1616 and 1617.William Oughtred | Florian CajoriExcept for the omission of the

*decimal point*, these logarithms are natural logarithms—the first of their kind ever published.William Oughtred | Florian Cajori

Ecks responded with a cartoon of "Miss Meekness, making a slip of the

*decimal point*."The Incendiary | W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy"Printer's error in the

*decimal point*," returned the other, with airy impudence.The Clarion | Samuel Hopkins AdamsThese are easily got from the corresponding percentages by shifting the

*decimal point*one, three, or four places to the right.A Textbook of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines. | Cornelius Beringer and John Jacob Beringer

## British Dictionary definitions for decimal point

a full stop or a raised full stop placed between the integral and fractional parts of a number in the decimal system

## usage For decimal point

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## Scientific definitions for decimal point

A period used in decimal notation to separate whole numbers from fractions, as in the number 1.3, which represents 1 + 310.

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## Cultural definitions for decimal point

The point or dot placed to the left of decimals to separate them from the whole number portion of the decimal. When the number is spoken aloud, the word point is usually used to signify the decimal point. For example, “8.3” is read “eight point three.”

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