
Definition of Decimal
1. Noun. A proper fraction whose denominator is a power of 10.
Generic synonyms: Proper Fraction
Specialized synonyms: Circulating Decimal, Recurring Decimal, Repeating Decimal
Derivative terms: Decimalise, Decimalize
2. Adjective. Numbered or proceeding by tens; based on ten. "The decimal system"
3. Noun. A number in the decimal system.
Definition of Decimal
1. a. Of or pertaining to decimals; numbered or proceeding by tens; having a tenfold increase or decrease, each unit being ten times the unit next smaller; as, decimal notation; a decimal coinage.
2. n. A number expressed in the scale of tens; specifically, and almost exclusively, used as synonymous with a decimal fraction.
Definition of Decimal
1. Noun. (context: arithmetic computing uncountable) The number system that uses the digits 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. ¹
2. Noun. A number expressed in this system. ¹
3. Noun. (informal) A decimal place. ¹
4. Noun. (informal) A numeral written as a concatenation of successive negative powers of the base. ¹
5. Noun. (informal) A decimal point. ¹
6. Adjective. (context: arithmetic computing) Concerning numbers expressed in decimal or mathematical calculations performed using decimal. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Decimal
1. a fraction whose denominator is some power of ten [n S]
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Literary usage of Decimal
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Library Journal by American Library Association, Library Association (1896)
"A lively argument on the respective merits of the decimal and dictionary systems
of classification has also been conducted in the Memorial de la Librairie ..."
2. The North American Arithmetic: Part Second, Uniting Oral and Written by Frederick Emerson (1854)
"We might, .5833+ however, annex more ciphers, and carry the decimal still lower.
... Change ^ to a decimal. 50. Change fe of a dollar to a decimal; that is, ..."
3. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1881)
"it follows that the number of decimal places in the quotient Jc be two less than
in the given ... Moreover, as the last decimal place is always approximate, ..."
4. Introduction to The National Arithmetic, on the Inductive System: Combining by Benjamin Greenleaf (1860)
"1T5 « A decimal FRACTION is a fraction whose denominator is ten, or the product
... decimal fractions are commonly expressed by writing the numerator only, ..."
5. A Concise Introduction to Practical Arithmetic: In which All the Rules that by Samuel Temple (1813)
"Reduce 4 ounces to the decimal of a Ib. Avoirdupois. ,25 Answer. 10. ... CASE V.
To find the true value of any decimal, whether of coin, weight, or measure. ..."
6. University Arithmetic: Embracing the Science of Numbers, and General Rules by Charles Davies (1876)
"Reduce 14 drams to the decimal of a Ib. Avoirdupois. 2. Reduce 78d. to the decimal
of £. 3. ... 19 pwt. of silver to the decimal of a pound 7. Reduce 3 cwt. ..."
7. The Annual of Scientific Discovery, Or, Yearbook of Facts in Science and Art by David Ames Wells, George Bliss, Samuel Kneeland, John Trowbridge, Charles Robert Cross (1859)
"ON A STANDARD decimal MEASURE OF LENGTH FOR MECHANICAL ENGINEERING WOEK.
The following is an abstract of a paper on tho above subject, recently read before ..."