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[des-uh-muh l, des-muh l]
/ˈdɛs ə məl, ˈdɛs məl/

British Dictionary definitions for decimals

/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.

- relating to or using powers of ten
- 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

Word Origin and History for decimals

adj.

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.

decimals in Science

decimals in Culture

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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