# decimal system

### noun

a system of counting or measurement, the units of which are powers of 10: the numerical system in common worldwide use.

## Nearby words

decimal currency, decimal fraction, decimal notation, decimal place, decimal point, decimal system, decimalize, decimals, decimate, decimation, decimeter

## Origin of decimal system

First recorded in 1835–45

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## British Dictionary definitions for decimal system

## decimal system

### noun

the number system in general use, having a base of ten, in which numbers are expressed by combinations of the ten digits 0 to 9

a system of measurement, such as the metric system, in which the multiple and submultiple units are related to a basic unit by powers of ten

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## Science definitions for decimal system

## decimal system

A number system based on units of 10 and using decimal notation.

A system of measurement in which all derived units are multiples of 10 of the fundamental units.

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