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decimal system

a system of counting or measurement, the units of which are powers of 10: the numerical system in common worldwide use.
Origin of decimal system
1835-45 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for decimal system
  • He tried to get the government to change the traditional values of pounds, shillings and pence for a decimal system.
  • Instead, humanity is stuck with the decimal system its two five-appendaged hands have made almost inevitable.
  • We used bottle caps to understand the decimal system.
  • The figure of a thousand, in contrast, is a straightforward product of the decimal system of counting.
  • He is responsible for our decimal system of coinage.
  • The numbering system changed from an alpha-numeric-alpha system to an alpha-numeric-decimal system.
British Dictionary definitions for decimal system

decimal system

the number system in general use, having a base of ten, in which numbers are expressed by combinations of the ten digits 0 to 9
a system of measurement, such as the metric system, in which the multiple and submultiple units are related to a basic unit by powers of ten
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decimal system in Science
decimal system  
  1. A number system based on units of 10 and using decimal notation.

  2. A system of measurement in which all derived units are multiples of 10 of the fundamental units.

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