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

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More news Odd in Oregon MATH MISHAP: A misplaced decimal point means an Oregon county’s 911 system could be out millions., "Dueling demonstrations set for Saturday in downtown Portland: Morning Briefing for Friday, June 28," 28 June 2019 The mystery is bracketed by another quirk: Oddly specific order sizes—many going out to five decimal points, with some repeating frequently. Matthew Leising,, "Crypto Coin Tether Defies Logic on Kraken’s Market, Raising Red Flags," 29 June 2018 Correction: The original version of this article misplaced a decimal point, lamentably. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "For $18 billion, you could build 32 miles of border wall — out of dollar bills," 9 Jan. 2018 An hour after the game, the Cavaliers’ trainer was still plucking decimal points out of James’ skin. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sunday Punch: Sexy thoughts, cheap shots & bon mots," 5 May 2018 The decimal point shows the absurdity of the exercise. Stanley F. Druckenmiller, WSJ, "Where’s the Invisible Hand When You Need It?," 2 May 2018 My challenge to all mocksters out there is to use solid numbers next year and avoid the decimal points. Jamie Samuelsen, Detroit Free Press, "NFL mock drafts: Are there too many of them? Must they be numbered?," 23 Apr. 2018 In the wake of his firing are students whose chances of going pro in baseball are less than a decimal point of a fraction of a fraction. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "TWU baseball healing in wake of Jeffcoat's firing | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 21 Mar. 2018 Independents make up 25 percent of the California electorate, a decimal point less than Republicans. Adam Nagourney, New York Times, "A Problem for Republicans Fighting to Keep California House Seats: Trump," 19 Jan. 2018

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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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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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