mantissa

[ man-tis-uh ]
/ mænˈtɪs ə /

noun

Mathematics. the decimal part of a common logarithm.Compare characteristic(def 3a).
Obsolete. an addition of little or no importance, as to a literary work.

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Origin of mantissa

1860–65; < Latin, variant of mantisa addition, makeweight, said to be from Etruscan; logarithmic mantissa so called because it is additional to the characteristic or integral part (term introduced by H. Briggs)
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British Dictionary definitions for mantissa

mantissa
/ (mænˈtɪsə) /

noun

the fractional part of a common logarithm representing the digits of the associated number but not its magnitudethe mantissa of 2.4771 is .4771 Compare characteristic (def. 2a)

Word Origin for mantissa

C17: from Latin: something added, of Etruscan origin
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Scientific definitions for mantissa

mantissa
[ măn-tĭsə ]

The part of a logarithm to the base ten that is to the right of the decimal point. For example, if 2.749 is a logarithm, .749 is the mantissa. Compare characteristic.
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