# decimal

dec·​i·​mal | \ ˈde-sə-məl , ˈdes-məl\

## Definition of decimal

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

decimal

noun

Definition of decimal (Entry 2 of 2)

: any real number expressed in base 10 especially

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## Other Words from decimal

decimally \ ˈde-​sə-​mə-​lē , ˈdes-​mə-​ \ adverb

## Examples of decimal in a Sentence

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

Noun

The number 67.398 is a decimal. It is equal to the whole number 67 plus the decimal.398. Seven-tenths written as a decimal is .7. The decimal.2 is equal to the fraction 2/10.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

So, in June of 1799, two platinum standards—a meter rod and a kilogram cylinder—were forged, marking the creation of the decimal metric system. 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. 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. Board member Cynthia McCarty, R-Jacksonville, stretched out the three-point scale, adding decimal points to differentiate scores. 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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With 10,000 separate electoral jurisdictions in the US, the number of potential election targets is far greater, and the money allocated so far, \$380 million, is a decimal of a percentage point in comparison. Write to Matt Wirz at matthieu.wirz@wsj.com Corrections & Amplifications The scale on a chart in an earlier version of this article incorrectly measured loan recoveries in decimals. In fact, while each shade has both a numeric and a descriptive name — for example, 18 Deep Sable — nearly half the shades have decimals, indicating subtle variations in undertones. The cheapest option, LowFare, includes 22 pounds of carry-ons (between a 21.6 x 15.7 x 7.8-inch and a 10 x 13 x 7.8-inch personal item) that the gate agent will most definitely measure and weigh down to the decimal. When rounded to one decimal, as the Labor Department typically does, the official jobless rate is now the lowest since April 2000. And many fail simple ability tests — the average teacher score on test questions involving the addition of two decimals was only 64 percent in Tanzania, for example. The kids are coming from the Decimal Diner, a math activity in which students tackle decimals by pretending to run a restaurant. Pay close attention to doses that include decimals: 0.5 mL can be mistaken for 5 mL Do not use kitchen spoons to measure doses.

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## First Known Use of decimal

1608, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1651, in the meaning defined above

## History and Etymology for decimal

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

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## The first known use of decimal was in 1608

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## English Language Learners Definition of decimal

(Entry 1 of 2)

mathematics : based on the number 10

decimal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of decimal (Entry 2 of 2)

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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dec·​i·​mal | \ ˈde-sə-məl , ˈdes-məl\

## Kids Definition of decimal

(Entry 1 of 2)

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.

decimal

noun

Kids Definition of decimal (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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