*décimal,*from Medieval Latin

*decimalis*of a tithe, from Latin

*decima*tithe — more at dime

First Known Use: 1608

Dictionary

mathematics : based on the number 10

— **dec·i·mal·ly** \-mə-lē\ *adverb*

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- In the number 8.901, the 9 is in the first
*decimal place*.

French *décimal,* from Medieval Latin *decimalis* of a tithe, from Latin *decima* tithe — more at dime

First Known Use: 1608

mathematics : a number that is written with a dot between the part of the number that is equal to 1 or more and the part of the number that is less than 1

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- The number 67.398 is a
*decimal*. It is equal to the whole number 67 plus the*decimal*.398. - Seven-tenths written as a
*decimal*is.7. Seven-tenths written as a fraction is {frac7. - The
*decimal*.2 is equal to the fraction {frac2.

1651

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