# decimal

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

/ ˈdɛs ə məl, ˈdɛs məl /

### adjective

pertaining to tenths or to the number 10.

proceeding by tens: a decimal system.

### noun

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## Origin of decimal

Related formsdec·i·mal·ly, adverb

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## British Dictionary definitions for decimals

## decimal

/ (ˈdɛsɪməl) /

### noun

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

### adjective

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

(prenominal) expressed as a decimal

Derived Formsdecimally, adverb

## 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 decimals

## 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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## Science definitions for decimals

## 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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## Culture definitions for decimals

## decimals

Fractional numbers (see fraction) expressed as whole numbers of tenths, hundredths, thousandths, and so on. One-half, for example, is 0.5 in decimal terms.

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