decimal


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Decimal \Dec"i*mal\, a. [F. d['e]cimal (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
   coinage.
   [1913 Webster]

   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 2/10, [frac25x100], 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 1.05.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Decimal \Dec"i*mal\, n.
   A number expressed in the scale of tens; specifically, and
   almost exclusively, used as synonymous with a decimal
   fraction.
   [1913 Webster]

   Circulating decimal, 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 repetend.
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