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- (arithmetic, computing) (uncountable) The decimal number system that uses the digits 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.
- (countable) A number expressed in this system.
- (arithmetic, computing) Concerning numbers expressed in decimal or mathematical calculations performed using decimal.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Dec"i*mal (?), a. [F.
décimal (cf. LL. decimalis), fr. L.
decimus tenth, fr. decem ten. See Ten, and cf.
Dime.] Of or pertaining to decimals; numbered or
proceeding by tens; having a tenfold increase or decrease, each unit
being ten times the unit next smaller; as, decimal notation; a
Decimal arithmetic, the common arithmetic,
in which numeration proceeds by tens. -- Decimal
fraction, a fraction in which the denominator is some
power of 10, as &frac2x10;, &fract25x100;, and is usually not
expressed, but is signified by a point placed at the left hand of the
numerator, as .2, .25. -- Decimal point, a
dot or full stop at the left of a decimal fraction. The figures at
the left of the point represent units or whole numbers, as
Dec"i*mal, n. A number expressed
in the scale of tens; specifically, and almost exclusively, used as
synonymous with a decimal fraction.
Circulating, or Circulatory,
decimal, a decimal fraction in which the same
figure, or set of figures, is constantly repeated; as, 0.354354354; -
- called also recurring decimal, repeating decimal, and
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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