Definition of Decimal

1. Noun. A proper fraction whose denominator is a power of 10.

Exact synonyms: Decimal Fraction
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"
Exact synonyms: Denary
Similar to: Quantitative

3. Noun. A number in the decimal system.
Generic synonyms: Number
Derivative terms: Decimalise, Decimalize

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

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Definition of Decimal

1. a fraction whose denominator is some power of ten [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Decimal

decimal (current term)
decimal arithmetic
decimal digit
decimal dozen
decimal fraction
decimal fractions
decimal notation
decimal number
decimal number system
decimal numbers
decimal numeration system
decimal place
decimal places
decimal point
decimal points

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, Year-book 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 ..."

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