Meaning of DECIMAL in English

/ ˈdesɪml; NAmE / adjective , noun

■ adjective

based on or counted in tens or tenths :

the decimal system

■ noun

(also ˌdecimal ˈfraction ) a fraction (= a number less than one) that is shown as a dot or point followed by the number of tenths, hundredths , etc. :

The decimal 0.61 stands for 61 hundredths.

—compare vulgar fraction



early 17th cent.: from modern Latin decimalis (adjective), from Latin decimus tenth.

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