arabic numeral

Arabic numerals

plural noun
the characters 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, in general European use since the 12th century. See table under Roman numerals.
Also, Arabic figures.


Origin:
1840–50

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Arabic numeral
 
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one of the symbols 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 (opposed to Roman numerals)

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Arabic numeral   (ār'ə-bĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
One of the numerical symbols 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 0. They are called Arabic numerals because they were introduced into western Europe from sources of Arabic scholarship.
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