decimal place


Definition of decimal place

: the position of a digit as counted to the right of the decimal point in a decimal

Examples of decimal place in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The team measured the constant’s value to the 11th decimal place, reporting that α = 1/137.03599920611. Quanta Magazine, "Physicists Nail Down the ‘Magic Number’ That Shapes the Universe," 2 Dec. 2020 High-tech for that time, the scoreboard was programmed to light up three digits — with a decimal place affixed after the first number. Tim Reynolds, Star Tribune, "In 1976, Comaneci's perfect 10s made her the perfect one," 8 Aug. 2020 If space is a true continuum, then to describe even something as simple as the distance between two points requires an infinite amount of information, specified by a number with infinitely many decimal places. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Is Infinity Real?’," 30 June 2016 Of course, the actual number continues to an infinite number of decimal places: 3.14159265359 … and so on, forever. Rhett Allain, Wired, "Can You Calculate Pi by Drawing a Circle?," 13 Mar. 2020 Her overdose happened when the supplier of liquid LSD made a decimal place error when preparing individual hits diluted in glasses of water, making them 1,000 mcg per glass instead of 100mcg. Katie Hunt, CNN, "A woman took 550 times the usual dose of LSD, with surprisingly positive consequences," 27 Feb. 2020 By 2016, Poland and Simmons-Duffin had calculated the two main critical exponents of the theory out to six decimal places. Quanta Magazine, "Physicists Uncover Geometric ‘Theory Space’," 23 Feb. 2017 Thus, 4 percent of space missions, give or take some decimal places, have actually gone to deep space, and the difference between near-Earth space and deep space are stark. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "This Is Your Brain on Space," 23 Oct. 2019 The devices, found in virtually every police station in America, generate skewed results with alarming frequency, even though they are marketed as precise to the third decimal place. Stacy Cowley, New York Times, "These Machines Can Put You in Jail. Don’t Trust Them.," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of decimal place

1706, in the meaning defined above

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“Decimal place.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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