decimal point

noun
Updated on: 10 May 2018

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

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First Known Use of decimal point

circa 1771

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DECIMAL POINT Defined for English Language Learners

decimal point

Definition of decimal point for English Language Learners

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


DECIMAL POINT Defined for Kids

decimal point

noun

Definition of decimal point for Students

: 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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The letters in a decimal point describe what it is. They spell I'm a dot in place.



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