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 Two weeks ago, in the first round of the Presidential election, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the far-left candidate, received, almost to the decimal point, the same twenty-plus per cent of the vote that the Communist Party once did. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 25 Apr. 2022 That $399 — no decimal point — is part of a bid by the brand to cultivate a hipper image and attract younger drinkers. Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2022 Or on the micro-level, someone accidentally sold a Bored Ape NFT for $3,000 instead of $300,000 because of a misplaced decimal point. Gary Drenik, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 The reason for the expensive blunder: a misplaced decimal point. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 14 Dec. 2021 Jones, however, doesn’t prefer to talk numbers, whether it’s regarding his stats or the numbers of zeroes on the left side of the decimal point on his next contract. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 16 Sep. 2021 That could mean probing the Universe to greater precision, where every decimal point in your measurement counts. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 With measurements, performance, and pricing that are within a decimal point or two of the competition, the GV70 stands out with a dazzling sense of style and a fastidious attention to the details that define luxury. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 3 Aug. 2021 It’s the kind of growth that adds zeroes on the left-hand side of the decimal point. Chris Carosa, Forbes, 22 May 2021 See More

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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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“Decimal point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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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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