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decimal

[des-uh-muh l, des-muh l] /ˈdɛs ə məl, ˈdɛs məl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to tenths or to the number 10.
2.
proceeding by tens:
a decimal system.
noun
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Medieval Latin decimālis of tenths, equivalent to Latin decim(a) tenth (derivative of decem ten) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
decimally, adverb
Can be confused
decimal, decimate, destroy (see usage note at decimate; see synonym study at destroy)
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British Dictionary definitions for decimally

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
adjective
3.
  1. relating to or using powers of ten
  2. of the base ten
4.
(prenominal) expressed as a decimal
Derived Forms
decimally, adverb
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 decimally
decimal
c.1600, from M.L. decimalis "of tithes or tenths," from L. decimus "tenth," from decem "ten" (see ten). Applied to Arabic notation before modern sense of "decimal fractions" emerged.
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decimally in Science
decimal
  (děs'ə-məl)   
  1. A representation of a real number using the base ten and decimal notation, such as 201.4, 3.89, or 0.0006.

  2. A decimal fraction.


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