decimal place


Definition of decimal place

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

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Given that any mathematical model can calculate the probability of an event to hundreds of decimal places, the principled way to decide how many of these are relevant depends on what the margin of error is likely to be. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Which Forecasts Are True?’," 26 Oct. 2016 Changes measured in millimeters sound indecipherable, the kind of tweaks only an engineer doing drag coefficient testing down to the twelfth decimal place wold notice. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "2019 Chevy Blazer Test Drive: What Happened When GM Tried To Make the Crossover Cool," 4 Feb. 2019 On the Steam web site, that data appears rounded to two decimal places. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Valve leaks Steam game player counts; we have the numbers," 6 July 2018 In the Steam API, however, the Achievement percentages were, until recently, provided to an extremely precise 16 decimal places. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Valve leaks Steam game player counts; we have the numbers," 6 July 2018 Many other orders go out to five decimal places, numbers like 34.08652. Matthew Leising,, "Crypto Coin Tether Defies Logic on Kraken’s Market, Raising Red Flags," 29 June 2018 At 43,000 square feet, the Javits Center farm will not quite cover a single acre, only nine-tenths of one — 0.9871441689623508, with all the decimal places possible in an online conversion program. James Barron, New York Times, "From a Convention Center’s Roof, ‘Walk-Off Vegetables’," 24 June 2018 Retailers could quote dollar prices to one decimal place rather than two. WSJ, "Should the U.S. Retire the Penny and Nickel?," 18 Mar. 2018 But the latest sales trend makes 2% look more likely than 3% (unaccountably, P&G doesn’t do decimal places). Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "P&G Does Itself No Favors Post-Peltz," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of decimal place

1706, in the meaning defined above

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