decimal system

noun
|Updated on: 27 Apr 2018

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

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1841

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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