mantissa

noun
man·​tis·​sa | \ man-ˈti-sə How to pronounce mantissa (audio) \

Definition of mantissa

: the part of a logarithm to the right of the decimal point

First Known Use of mantissa

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mantissa

Latin mantisa, mantissa makeweight, from Etruscan

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“Mantissa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mantissa. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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