decimal system


Definition of decimal system

1 : a number system that uses a notation in which each number is expressed in base 10 by using one of the first nine integers or 0 in each place and letting each place value be a power of 10
2 : a system of measurement or currency in which the basic units increase by powers of 10

Examples of decimal system in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No one tried harder than Miss Elisabeth Achelis, a New York socialite, heir to the American Hard Rubber Company fortune, and an admirer of Melvil Dewey, he of the Dewey decimal system and simplified spelling. The New Yorker, 15 Nov. 2021 The Dewey decimal system classified homosexuality as a medical aberration or crime. Jim Downs, The New Yorker, 26 June 2021 The figure 100 holds special significance to all who employ the decimal system. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2021 Or just do 1600m if the Olympic movement feels the need to adhere to the decimal system. Chris Chase, For The Win, 18 Apr. 2018 Later, Jamal utilizes his knowledge of the Dewey decimal system. Rebecca Farley,, 28 Mar. 2018 In 1861, another novel idea from Philadelphia – called, appropriately, the decimal system – brought Manhattan’s cross-street addresses to their present intuitive state. Keith Williams, New York Times, 15 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of decimal system

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Decimal system.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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