# Definition of 'decimal'

1. adjective [ADJ n]

A decimal system involves counting in units of ten.

The mathematics of ancient Egypt were based on a decimal system.

2. countable noun

A 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.

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## Video: pronunciation of 'decimal'

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 fraction 3.

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.

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

adverb

Word origin of 'decimal'

## Example sentences containing 'decimal'

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This would provide the basis for the new decimal system of weights. MEASURING AMERICA (2002)One decimal place can throw out an entire budget. The Sun (2013)Use decimal points but not dollar signs or commas. Christianity Today (2000)He knows his stats down to the decimal places. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The case is the second this year to involve a wayward decimal point. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Both will be able to measure a kilo to eight decimal places. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Is there a problem with decimal points in this country? Times, Sunday Times (2010)His form since then suggests that fee is lacking a decimal point. Times, Sunday Times (2009)But when he checked his bank account he realised the decimal point had been put in the wrong place. The Sun (2016)Instead of decimal numbers, use single dots to represent the first few numbers. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The best numbers have decimal places, for they sound more scientific. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Most school pupils can manage four decimal places, and the average calculator will work to eight. 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)As for the decimal points on the books, this helps in taking you to the exact area on the shelves. Times, Sunday Times (2016)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)It was this, rather than an errant decimal point, that caused the initial muddle. 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)But RFC's experiment with decimal odds left some totally confused. The Sun (2010)For half an hour I converted binary numbers to decimal numbers, and hunted for patterns. 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)

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## Translations for 'decimal'

British English: decimal
/ˈdɛsɪməl/ ADJECTIVE

A

*decimal*system involves counting in units of ten....the decimal system of metric weights and measures.

- American English: decimal
- Arabic: عُشْرِيّ
- Brazilian Portuguese: decimal
- Chinese: 十进位的
- Croatian: decimalni
- Czech: desetinný
- Danish: decimal
- Dutch: decimaal
- European Spanish: decimal
- Finnish: desimaali-
- French: décimal
- German: Dezimal-
- Greek: δεκαδικός
- Italian: decimale
- Japanese: 十進法の
- Korean: 십진법의
- Norwegian: desimal-
- Polish: dziesiętny
- European Portuguese: decimal
- Romanian: zecimal
- Russian: десятичный
- Spanish: decimal
- Swedish: decimal
- Thai: เลขทศนิยม
- Turkish: onluk
- Ukrainian: десятковий
- Vietnamese: thập phân

British English: decimal NOUN

A

*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.

- American English: decimal
- Brazilian Portuguese: decimal
- Chinese: 小数
- European Spanish: decimal
- French: décimale
- German: Dezimalzahl
- Italian: decimale ()
- Japanese: 小数
- Korean: 소수
- European Portuguese: decimal
- Spanish: decimal

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