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decimal

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adjective dec·i·mal \ˈde-sə-məl, ˈdes-məl\

Simple Definition of decimal

  • mathematics : based on the number 10

Full Definition of decimal

  1. :  numbered or proceeding by tens: a :  based on the number 10; especially :  expressed in or utilizing a decimal system especially with a decimal point b :  subdivided into 10th or 100th units <decimal coinage>

dec·i·mal·ly play \-mə-lē\ adverb

Examples of decimal

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



Origin of decimal

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


First Known Use: 1608

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decimal

noun dec·i·mal

Simple Definition of decimal

  • 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

Full Definition of decimal

  1. :  any real number expressed in base 10; especially :  decimal fraction

Examples of decimal

  1. The number 67.398 is a decimal. It is equal to the whole number 67 plus the decimal.398.

  2. Seven-tenths written as a decimal is.7. Seven-tenths written as a fraction is {frac7.

  3. The decimal.2 is equal to the fraction {frac2.



1651

First Known Use of decimal

1651

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