terminating decimal

noun

: a decimal which can be expressed in a finite number of figures or for which all figures to the right of some place are zero compare repeating decimal

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of terminating decimal was circa 1909

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“Terminating decimal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terminating%20decimal. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

terminating decimal

noun
ter·​mi·​nat·​ing decimal
: a decimal which can be written as a sequence of digits (as 3.25) or for which all the digits to the right of some place are zero (as 1.40000…) compare repeating decimal
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