- pertaining to tenths or to the number 10.
- proceeding by tens: a decimal system.
Origin of decimal
Examples from the Web for decimals
It looks a little odd, you know; but the decimals can't get through a bucket.Shorty McCabe
The title should, of course, read "to 607 Places of Decimals."A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)
Augustus de Morgan
Without bothering with all these decimals, a kilometre is about five-eighths of a mile.Asiatic Breezes
With regard to decimals and units, I made a discovery which is, I think, worth stating.Lola
Fergus knew the proportion as far as thirty-three figures in decimals.Stories of Invention
Edward E. Hale
- 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 decimals
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.