# decimal

[des-uh-muh l, des-muh l]

- pertaining to tenths or to the number 10.
- proceeding by tens: a decimal system.

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## Origin of decimal

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## Related Words for decimal

sum, total, figure, statistic, decimal, count, digit, emblem, prime, symbol, character, sign, cipher, cardinal, fraction, representation, numeral, ordinal, googol, numerator## Examples from the Web for decimal

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### Historical Examples of decimal

Decimal three-fifty or thereabouts I fancy from the look of it.

An Old MeerschaumDavid Christie Murray

One was really beautiful, allowing a decimal point off her nose.

From Edinburgh to India & BurmahWilliam G. Burn Murdoch

In this case the constant is designated by the decimal .005.

The Wonder Island Boys: The Mysteries of the CavernsRoger Thompson Finlay

That seemed to be typical; the frontiers of science, now, were all decimal points.

Ministry of DisturbanceHenry Beam Piper

He was a mathematician as far as long division and decimal fractions.

Oomphel in the SkyHenry Beam Piper

## decimal

- 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

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- relating to or using powers of ten
- of the base ten

- (prenominal) expressed as a decimal

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## Word Origin for decimal

C17: from Medieval Latin decimālis of tithes, from Latin decima a tenth, from decem ten

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## 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.

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## decimal

[dĕs′ə-məl]

- 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.

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