mantissa (mænˈtɪsə) | |
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Compare characteristic the fractional part of a common logarithm representing the digits of the associated number but not its magnitude: the mantissa of 2.4771 is .4771 | |
[C17: from Latin: something added, of Etruscan origin] |
mantissa (mān-tĭs'ə) Pronunciation Key
The part of a logarithm to the base ten that is to the right of the decimal point. For example, if 2.749 is a logarithm, .749 is the mantissa. Compare characteristic. |