# Definition of 'decimal'

1. adjective

A decimal system involves counting in units of ten.

...the decimal system of metric weights and measures.

In 1971, the 1p and 2p decimal coins were introduced in Britain.

2. countable noun

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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.

a.

relating to or using powers of ten

b.

of the base ten

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## Derived forms

decimally (ˈdecimally) adverb

## Word origin of 'decimal'

C17: from Medieval Latin decimālis of tithes, from Latin decima a tenth, from decem ten adjective

1.

of or based on the number 10; progressing by tens

noun

2.

a fraction with an unwritten denominator of 10 or some power of 10, indicated by a point (decimal point) before the numerator (Ex.: .5 = 5⁄10)

: in full decimal fraction3.

any number written using a decimal point

: in full decimal numberWebster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

## Example sentences containing 'decimal'

MEASURING AMERICA (2002) The Sun (2013) Christianity Today (2000)

He knows his stats down to the decimal places.

Times, Sunday Times (2010) Times, Sunday Times (2012) Times, Sunday Times (2013)Is there a problem with decimal points in this country?

Times, Sunday Times (2010) Times, Sunday Times (2009) The Sun (2016) Times, Sunday Times (2012)The best numbers have decimal places, for they sound more scientific.

Times, Sunday Times (2007) Times, Sunday Times (2010)The use of decimal numbers is anyway a very human construct, dependent on the fact that we have ten fingers.

Times, Sunday Times (2009) Times, Sunday Times (2016) Times, Sunday Times (2011)The music hasn't changed, only the decimal points.

Times, Sunday Times (2007)No, we haven't left out a decimal point.

Times, Sunday Times (2013) Times, Sunday Times (2015)The decimal system is easier and quicker to learn; there have been changes to weight, temperature and money.

Times, Sunday Times (2010)The decimal system, already widely used online, tells punters exactly how much money they will get back if their horse comes in.

Times, Sunday Times (2010) The Sun (2010) Times, Sunday Times (2013)The existing system was chaotic, according to his report, but he could not see any practical advantage in changing to a decimal system.

MEASURING AMERICA (2002)## Word Lists

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## Translations for 'decimal'

British English: decimal /ˈdɛsɪməl/
ADJECTIVE

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*decimal*system involves counting in units of ten....the decimal system of metric weights and measures.- Arabic: عُشْرِيّ
- Brazilian Portuguese: decimal
- Chinese: 十进位的
- Croatian: decimalni
*decimalna* - Czech: desetinný
- Danish: decimal
- Dutch: decimaal
- European Spanish: decimal
- Finnish: desimaali-
- French: décimal
- German: Dezimal-
- Greek: δεκαδικός
*δεκαδική* - Italian: decimale
- Japanese: 十進法の
- Korean: 십진법의
- Norwegian: desimal-
- Polish: dziesiętny
*dziesiętna* - Portuguese: decimal
- Romanian: zecimal
*zecimal, zecimală, zecimali, zecimale* - Russian: десятичный
*десятичная* - Spanish: decimal
- Swedish: decimal
- Thai: เลขทศนิยม
- Turkish: onluk
- Ukrainian: десятковий
- Vietnamese: thập phân

British English: decimal NOUN

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*decimal*is a fraction that is written in the form of a dot followed by one or more numbers which represent tenths, hundredths, and so on: for example .5, .51, .517....simple math concepts, such as decimals and fractions.- Brazilian Portuguese: decimal
- Chinese: 小数
- European Spanish: decimal
- French: décimale
- German: Dezimalzahl
- Italian: decimale ()
- Japanese: 小数
- Korean: 소수
- Portuguese: decimal
- Spanish: decimal

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