decimal point


Definition of decimal point

: a period, centered dot, or in some countries a comma at the left of a proper decimal fraction (such as .678) or between the parts of a mixed number (such as 3.678) expressed by a whole number and a decimal fraction

Examples of decimal point in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s the kind of growth that adds zeroes on the left-hand side of the decimal point. Chris Carosa, Forbes, 22 May 2021 Typically, updates with two decimal points in the number are minor bug fix updates, those with just one decimal point are small feature updates, and those with just a whole number (like iOS 14) are annual major releases. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 20 Nov. 2020 This is equivalent to the number 1 written behind a decimal point and 20 zeroes. NBC News, 19 Oct. 2020 This number shows the last three digits of a station’s air-pressure reading to the nearest tenth of a millibar (mb); the last number actually comes after the decimal point. Dennis Mersereau, Outside Online, 15 Oct. 2020 If that happens, there will be laughter from Minneapolis to Miami, and more importantly, the checks from television partners will have fewer digits to the left of the decimal point. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, 17 Sep. 2020 Then again, these days, RuPaul seems particularly drawn to zeroes—especially those appearing before the decimal point on his paycheck. Justin Jannise, Houston Chronicle, 4 Sep. 2020 Typically, iOS or iPadOS updates that have two decimal points are bug-fix updates, and releases that bring new features have just one decimal point. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 12 Aug. 2020 Forecasts of multiplying deaths and unprecedented economic collapse come with percentages and decimal points. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, 20 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of decimal point

circa 1771, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of decimal point was circa 1771

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3 Jun 2021

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“Decimal point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of decimal point

mathematics : the dot (as in .678 or 3.678) that separates a whole number from tenths, hundredths, etc.

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Kids Definition of decimal point

: the dot at the left of a decimal (as .05) or between the decimal and whole parts of a mixed number (as 3.125)

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