repeating decimal

noun

Definition of repeating decimal

: a decimal in which after a certain point a particular digit or sequence of digits repeats itself indefinitely — compare terminating decimal

Examples of repeating decimal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The real numbers, for example, include every point on the number line, even the strange ones like π that have endless, non-repeating decimal representations. Quanta Magazine, 20 Feb. 2019 The short way to say this is that pi is an irrational number, one that cannot be represented as a fraction and thus has an infinite and never-repeating decimal expansion. Dan Rockmore /, NBC News, 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of repeating decimal

1773, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of repeating decimal was in 1773

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“Repeating decimal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/repeating%20decimal. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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