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# decimal

adjective dec·i·mal \ ˈde-sə-məl , ˈdes-məl \

## Definition of decimal

:numbered or proceeding by tens:
a :based on the number 10; especially :expressed in or utilizing a decimal system especially with a decimal point
b :subdivided into 10th or 100th units
• decimal coinage

## Examples of decimal in a Sentence

1. In the number 8.901, the 9 is in the first decimal place.

## Recent Examples of decimal from the Web

• The decimal meter hit 115 at Ford Field, and after a field goal, the game was tied.
• And the numbers between the dollar sign and the decimal point undoubtedly will continue to grow.
• Board member Cynthia McCarty, R-Jacksonville, stretched out the three-point scale, adding decimal points to differentiate scores.
• If DNA is all about the numbers, refining the probability of a match down to as many decimal places as possible, fingerprint and bullet science offers much less certainty.
• Think of it like the infinity of decimal numbers that exist between zero and one.
• The graphic only displays the first decimal place, but on my computer, Groundhog Day’s Andy Karl has a 34.220% chance, while Dear Evan Hansen’s Ben Platt has a 34.214% chance.
• Northwest Catholic High School President and Chief Administrator David C. Eustis said their grade-point averages were identical to the fifth decimal place, and that both will attend Northeastern University this fall.

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## Origin and Etymology of decimal

French décimal, from Medieval Latin decimalis of a tithe, from Latin decima tithe — more at dime

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noun

## Definition of decimal

:any real number expressed in base 10; especially

## Examples of decimal in a Sentence

1. The number 67.398 is a decimal. It is equal to the whole number 67 plus the decimal.398.

2. Seven-tenths written as a decimal is.7. Seven-tenths written as a fraction is {frac7.

3. The decimal.2 is equal to the fraction {frac2.

## Recent Examples of decimal from the Web

• Against worse teams in easier situations, those decimals might not matter.
• Stretched out to include decimals, the PGA Tour said Chappell beat Hoffman by 0.073.
• By the window overlooking 14th Street’s bustle, two of the more advanced students converted fractions into decimals.
• In the late 1500s, write Caldwell and Xiong, a Belgian mathematician with the musical name of Simon Stevin came along and published a book called De Thiende, which explained how to represent fractions (¼ mile) as decimals (0.25 mile).
• The excitement level has been ratcheted up a few decimals by way of both teams boasting undefeated records through four weeks.
• Of course there are plenty of disadvantages to a system without imaginary numbers and decimals.
• In the late 1500s, write Caldwell and Xiong, a Belgian mathematician with the musical name of Simon Stevin came along and published a book called De Thiende, which explained how to represent fractions (¼ mile) as decimals (0.25 mile).
• Fractions are like decimals, but they are written differently.

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## Definition of decimal for English Language Learners

• mathematics : based on the number 10

noun

## Definition of decimal for English Language Learners

• mathematics : a number that is written with a dot between the part of the number that is equal to 1 or more and the part of the number that is less than 1

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## decimal

adjective dec·i·mal \ ˈde-sə-məl , ˈdes-məl \

## Definition of decimal for Students

1 :based on the number 10 :numbered or counting by tens
• We use a decimal system of writing numbers.
2 :expressed in or including a decimal
• The decimal form of ¹/₄ is .25.

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noun

## Definition of decimal for Students

:a proper fraction in which the denominator is 10 or 10 multiplied one or more times by itself and is indicated by a point placed at the left of the numerator
• the decimal .2=²/₁₀, the decimal .25=²⁵/₁₀₀, the decimal .025=²⁵/₁₀₀₀

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