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Meaning of DECIMAL

Pronunciation:  'desumul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a number in the decimal system
  2. [n]  a proper fraction whose denominator is a power of 10
  3. [adj]  divided by tens or hundreds; "a decimal fraction"; "decimal coinage"
  4. [adj]  numbered or proceeding by tens; based on ten; "the decimal system"

DECIMAL is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: decimal fraction, denary, quantitative
 See Also: circulating decimal, number, proper fraction, recurring decimal, repeating decimal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dec"i*mal\, a. [F. d['e]cimal (cf. LL. decimalis), fr.
    L. decimus tenth, fr. decem ten. See {Ten}, and cf. {Dime}.]
    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
    {Decimal arithmetic}, the common arithmetic, in which
       numeration proceeds by tens.
    {Decimal fraction}, a fraction in which the denominator is
       some power of 10, as 2/10, 25/100, and is usually not
       expressed, but is signified by a point placed at the left
       hand of the numerator, as .2, .25.
    {Decimal point}, a dot or full stop at the left of a decimal
       fraction. The figures at the left of the point represent
       units or whole numbers, as 1.05.
  2. \Dec"i*mal\, n.
    A number expressed in the scale of tens; specifically, and
    almost exclusively, used as synonymous with a decimal
    {Circulating}, or {Circulatory}, {decimal}, a decimal
       fraction in which the same figure, or set of figures, is
       constantly repeated; as, 0.354354354; -- called also
       {recurring decimal}, {repeating decimal}, and {repetend}.
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