# decimal

[des-uh-muh l, des-muh l] /ˈdɛs ə məl, ˈdɛs məl/
1.
pertaining to tenths or to the number 10.
2.
proceeding by tens:
a decimal system.
noun
Origin of decimal
1600-1610
1600-10; < Medieval Latin decimālis of tenths, equivalent to Latin decim(a) tenth (derivative of decem ten) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
Can be confused
decimal, decimate, destroy (see usage note at decimate; see synonym study at destroy)
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Examples from the Web for decimal
Contemporary Examples
• As  Marcus says, the devil is often in the details in cases like this, “some decimal point in the wrong place.”

Historical Examples
• Would it be better if they were formed early as a means of facilitating knowledge of decimal fractions?

Edward L. Thorndike
• It was he who first carried the computation of π to 35 decimal places.

Augustus De Morgan
• They do not use the period as the mark of the decimal, but employ a dot at the level of the upper dot of a colon, as in 31416.

Henry L. Mencken
• One was really beautiful, allowing a decimal point off her nose.

William G. Burn Murdoch
• The decimal system has always prevailed in China, with one curious exception: sixteen ounces make a pound.

Herbert A. Giles
• In this case the constant is designated by the decimal .005.

Roger Thompson Finlay
• Will decimal fractions support his back or strengthen his lumbar vertebrae?

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

E. A. Allen
• The book is built on a decimal plan, the material being simplified and reduced to one hundred articles.

Garland Greever
British Dictionary definitions for decimal

## decimal

/ˈdɛsɪməl/
noun
1.
Also called decimal fraction. a fraction that has a denominator of a power of ten, the power depending on or deciding the decimal place. It is indicated by a decimal point to the left of the numerator, the denominator being omitted. Zeros are inserted between the point and the numerator, if necessary, to obtain the correct decimal place
2.
any number used in the decimal system
3.
1. relating to or using powers of ten
2. of the base ten
4.
(prenominal) expressed as a decimal
Derived Forms
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin decimālis of tithes, from Latin decima a tenth, from decem ten
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Word Origin and History for decimal

c.1600, from Medeival Latin decimalis "of tithes or tenths," from Latin decimus "tenth," from decem "ten" (see ten). Applied to Arabic notation before modern sense of "decimal fractions" emerged. As a noun from 1640s.

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decimal in Science
 decimal   (děs'ə-məl)    A representation of a real number using the base ten and decimal notation, such as 201.4, 3.89, or 0.0006.A decimal fraction.
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