positional notation

noun

Definition of positional notation

: a system of expressing numbers in which the digits are arranged in succession, the position of each digit has a place value, and the number is equal to the sum of the products of each digit by its place value

First Known Use of positional notation

1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Positional notation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/positional%20notation. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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