What is decimal?

  • (adj): Numbered or proceeding by tens; based on ten.
    Example: "The decimal system"
    Synonyms: denary
    See also — Additional definitions below


The decimal numeral system (also called base ten or occasionally denary) has ten as its base. It is the numerical base most widely used by modern civilizations.

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Some articles on decimal:

Decimal - History - Other Bases
... Some cultures do, or did, use other bases of numbers ... Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures such as the Maya used a base-20 system (using all twenty fingers and toes) ...
Timeline Of Calculus And Mathematical Analysis - 1000 To 1500
... a proof for the Pythagorean Theorem, computes π to 5 decimal places, and calculates the time taken for the earth to orbit the sun to 9 decimal places 14th century ...
... limiting the number of digits right of the decimal point, by discarding the least significant ones. 32.438191288 −6.3444444444444 To truncate these numbers to 4 decimal digits, we only consider the 4 digits to the right of the decimal point ...
List Of Decimal-fraction Equivalents: 0 To 1 By 64ths
... This is a list of decimal-fraction equivalents, often called simply decimal equivalents ... The numbers after the thousandths or ten-thousandths decimal place are usually truncated or rounded for practical purposes 0.000 1.015 1..031 3..046 64. 1 ...
Academic Grading In Mexico
... Academic grading in Mexico employs a decimal system, from 0 to 10, to measure the students' scores ... (deficiente/reprobado) Since decimal fractions are common, a scale from 0 to 100 is often used to remove the decimal point ... but there must exist conversion rules to convert those grades to their equivalent in the decimal system ...

More definitions of "decimal":

  • (noun): A proper fraction whose denominator is a power of 10.
    Synonyms: decimal fraction
  • (noun): A number in the decimal system.
  • (adj): Divided by tens or hundreds.
    Example: "A decimal fraction"; "decimal coinage"

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    It makes little sense to spend a month teaching decimal fractions to fourth-grade pupils when they can be taught in a week, and better understood and retained, by sixth-grade students. Child-centeredness does not mean lack of rigor or standards; it does mean finding the best match between curricula and children’s developing interests and abilities.
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