# 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 decimals
Historical Examples
• I came home in tears because division of decimals had stumped me.

Nell Speed
• Without bothering with all these decimals, a kilometre is about five-eighths of a mile.

Oliver Optic
• The title should, of course, read "to 607 Places of decimals."

Augustus de Morgan
• The denominator of decimals is never written, the dot placed before the first figure of the numerator expressing its value.

• In tithes, as in decimals, the denominator does not appear; that is to say, the incumbent rarely lives at his incumbency.

Anonymous
• It's all done with decimals—or do they call them semicolons?

Oliver Onions
• It looks a little odd, you know; but the decimals can't get through a bucket.

Sewell Ford
• The decimals were the same, only you divided by five to get American values.

Albert Bigelow Paine
• Mobbles was beyond speech and busily engaged in working it out on paper in decimals.

• Success is a matter of fractions and decimals, not of big units.

Norval A. Hawkins
British Dictionary definitions for decimals

## 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 decimals

## 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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decimals 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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decimals in Culture

### decimals definition

Fractional numbers (see fraction) expressed as whole numbers of tenths, hundredths, thousandths, and so on. One-half, for example, is 0.5 in decimal terms.

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