terminating decimal


noun Mathematics.

a decimal numeral in which, after a finite number of decimal places, all succeeding place values are 0, as ⅛ = 0.125 (contrasted with nonterminating decimal).

Nearby words

  1. terminal stria,
  2. terminal sulcus,
  3. terminal velocity,
  4. terminally,
  5. terminate,
  6. terminatio,
  7. termination,
  8. termination codon,
  9. terminator,
  10. terminator seed

Origin of terminating decimal

First recorded in 1905–10

Also called finite decimal.

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