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repeating decimal
noun
: a decimal in which after a certain point a particular digit or sequence of digits repeats itself indefinitely compare terminating decimal
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The real numbers, for example, include every point on the number line, even the strange ones like π that have endless, nonrepeating 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 neverrepeating decimal expansion.
—Dan Rockmore /, NBC News, 14 Mar. 2018
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Word History
First Known Use
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.” MerriamWebster.com Dictionary, MerriamWebster, https://www.merriamwebster.com/dictionary/repeating%20decimal. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.
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repeating decimal
noun
: a decimal in which after a certain point a particular digit or sequence of digits repeats itself indefinitely compare terminating decimal
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