# decimal system

noun
1.
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
1835-1845
1835-45
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• The decimal system has always prevailed in China, with one curious exception: sixteen ounces make a pound.

Herbert A. Giles
• Proof of this is found in the wide extended use of the decimal system.

E. A. Allen
• If it be merely a suggestion to consider the subject of the decimal system, I should like to know it.

• This decimal system is most convenient for all calculations.

Edward Money
• The decimal system of subdivision of the carat makes the figuring of values simpler where no tables are handy.

• But Miramon repeated that there was nothing like the decimal system.

James Branch Cabell
• In its application to human society, however, the decimal system finally prevailed.

Wilhelm Wundt
• They learned to use both the decimal and the duodecimal systems (nowadays we use only the decimal system, which is a great pity).

Hendrik Willem van Loon
• The metric system is a decimal system that is, one unit is related to another unit in the ratio of ten or of some power of ten.

Willis Eugene Tower
• The adoption of the decimal system necessitates this change, which brings all parts of the system into accord.

William Arthur Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for decimal system

## decimal system

noun
1.
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
2.
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   A number system based on units of 10 and using decimal notation.A system of measurement in which all derived units are multiples of 10 of the fundamental units.
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