decimate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v decimate kill in large numbers "the plague wiped out an entire population"
    • v decimate kill one in every ten, as of mutineers in Roman armies
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category
    • Decimate To destroy a considerable part of; as, to decimate an army in battle; to decimate a people by disease.
    • Decimate To select by lot and punish with death every tenth man of; as, to decimate a regiment as a punishment for mutiny.
    • Decimate To take the tenth part of; to tithe.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If you need to remember pi, just count the letters in each word of the sentence: "May I have a large container of coffee?" If you get the coffee and are polite say: "Thank you," get two more decimal places. (3.141592653...). Here is another sentance: How I wish I could calculate Pi. (3.141592)
    • decimate To take the tenth part of or from; tithe.
    • decimate To select by lot and put to death every tenth man of: as, to decimate a captured army or a body of prisoners or mutineers (a barbarity occasionally practised in antiquity).
    • decimate Loosely, to destroy a great but indefinite number or proportion of: as, the inhabitants were decimated by fever; the troops were decimated by the enemy's fire.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the 17th century, the number pi was known to 35 decimal places. Today, to 1.2411 trillion.
    • v.t Decimate des′i-māt to take the tenth part of: to put to death every tenth man
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Quotations

  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “Every doctor will allow a colleague to decimate a whole countryside sooner than violate the bond of professional etiquette by giving him away.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. decimatus, p. p. of decimare, to decimate (in senses 1 & 2), fr. decimus, tenth. See Decimal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. decimāre, -ātumdecimus, tenth.

Usage

In literature:

Its trail is easily followed, and its habits are thoroughly known, down to three decimal places.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
The first Republic tried the experiment of the decimal week, and it was a failure.
"Mr. Isaacs" by F. Marion Crawford
Our purpose is to farm, and not swindle and lie in the wheat pits for decimal differences.
"Winston of the Prairie" by Harold Bindloss
But to work even the simplest problem required a knowledge of algebra, and Iris had never gone beyond decimals.
"The Wings of the Morning" by Louis Tracy
Ranks of old House more than decimated.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 103, August 13, 1892" by Various
These prisoners he had punished, decimating them by lot and hanging every tenth man.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
There are two classification systems worthy of consideration, the Dewey, or decimal, and the Cutter, or expansive.
"A Library Primer" by John Cotton Dana
Divide the knots by the same decimal, and it gives the statute miles.
"Across India" by Oliver Optic
The Progressive Guard was decimated.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, No. 72, October, 1863" by Various
Thus, in the main, a decimal scale prevailed.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 5. (of 7): Persia" by George Rawlinson
So as she worked and planted, unavoidably decimating a worm here and turning up an ants nest there, she conned it all over.
"Bluebell" by Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
Any number system which passes the limit 10 is reasonably sure to have either a quinary, a decimal, or a vigesimal structure.
"The Number Concept" by Levi Leonard Conant
By then the oaks had been decimated.
"The Forest Habitat of the University of Kansas Natural History Reservation" by Henry S. Fitch
They were received by a salvo of artillery, and the Horse Guards retreated decimated.
"The Green Book" by Mór Jókai
The small number of them that will arrive before the Holy City will be still further decimated by the Saracens.
"The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman" by Eugène Sue
Let us return to my rooms and see if we can decimate it.
"Over the Plum Pudding" by John Kendrick Bangs
A pattern gold coin was also struck by the English mint in 1887 for a proposed decimal coinage.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 8" by Various
In order to be just they ought to have decimated themselves.
"History of the Commune of 1871" by P. Lissagary
The pound of 500 grammes decimally subdivided, to be used as the basis of the coinage.
"The History of Currency, 1252 to 1896" by William Arthur Shaw
In the cases above mentioned, I prescribed the 3d decimal dilution of the tincture of the whole plant of Golden Rod.
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various
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In poetry:

Fives, and tens,
Threes and fours and twelves,
All the volte face of decimals,
The whirligig of dozens and the pinnacle of seven.
"Tortoise Shell" by D H Lawrence

In news:

Like many American cities, Modesto has been decimated by local media layoffs and cutbacks in recent years.
Free-roaming cats are decimating bird populations, attracting predators and carrying diseases that can cause birth defects and serious health problems in humans, he said.
For centuries, Jews were put in ghettos to be isolated, humiliated and decimated.
Were decimated on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday after company reported weaker quarterly results and lowered earnings and spending expectations for the remainder of the year.
The early spring frost decimated Michigan stone fruits and apples.
The Cardinals' blowout win and decimation of the Texas bullpen in Game 3 suddenly raises the possibility that this World Series may not get back to St Louis.
The Z06 decimated the competition around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Latitudes and longitudes may be entered in any of three different formats, decimal degrees (DD.DD), degrees and decimal minutes (DD:MM.MM) or degrees, minutes, and decimal seconds (DD:MM:SS.SS).
He's coming off a game against the Heat, Thursday night in Miami, where he decimated whomever was guarding him.
Fast-Spreading Disease That Has Decimated Midwestern Deer Herds Reported in Louisiana.
Next year also marks the 30th anniversary of the decimal £1 coin.
Lone Peak basketball decimates nationally ranked Proviso East (Il.).
Bell's Cherry Stout a no-go after weather decimates Michigan tart cherry crop.
Conventional wisdom going into last night's debate was that Mitt Romney should cruise, having already decimated the president once.
Paris St Germain decimated before Rennes clash.
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In science:

Note that the performance of SP improves with increasing values of y , as long as it converges in the most ma jority of the decimation steps.
Message passing for vertex covers
The decimation proceeds from the right to the left, i.e. from the initial N = 50 000 toward zero.
Message passing for vertex covers
FIG. 8: Real-space RG decimation step, where we allow for different tilt fields hj on neighboring bonds.
Transverse Meissner Physics of Planar Superconductors with Columnar Pins
The number of states per length in the energy interval Ω → Ω − dΩ, or Γ → Γ + dΓ (with Ω = ΩI e−Γ ) is just the number of bonds that get decimated at that energy scale.
Transverse Meissner Physics of Planar Superconductors with Columnar Pins
We can nevertheless take advantage of the real-space RG as long as we stop decimating when the energy scale reaches the mobility edge.
Transverse Meissner Physics of Planar Superconductors with Columnar Pins
We let ci approximate ri by the binary integer ⌊ri ⌋, plus a finite prefix of the bits to the right of ri ’s decimal point in binary form.
Dimension Extractors and Optimal Decompression
If this results in ci = ri , rather than ci < ri , then ri is already a dyadic rational requiring no more than |y | bits to the right of the decimal point.
Dimension Extractors and Optimal Decompression
We approximate ri by the binary integer ⌊ri⌋, plus a finite prefix of the bits to the right of ri ’s decimal point in binary form.
Dimension Extractors and Optimal Decompression
In this case only interactions are decimated out in the first stage of the RG, corresponding to U transformations.
Strongly disordered Hubbard model in one dimension: spin and orbital infinite randomness and Griffiths phases
All the interactions are first decimated out with the condition in Eq. (5).
Strongly disordered Hubbard model in one dimension: spin and orbital infinite randomness and Griffiths phases
Some hopping matrix elements are also decimated as Ω is lowered below tmax , if the condition set by Eq. (5) on the strength of the on-site Coulomb interaction is not satisfied, which we consider now.
Strongly disordered Hubbard model in one dimension: spin and orbital infinite randomness and Griffiths phases
This transformation has an effect on the value of the interaction term, say at site 1, provided U1 has not yet been decimated out.
Strongly disordered Hubbard model in one dimension: spin and orbital infinite randomness and Griffiths phases
In the general situation Umin < tmax , Umax > 0 where the t- and U -distributions overlap (this corresponds to Figs.1 b,c,d and e), both U and t terms are decimated during renormalization and J -transformations are also carried out.
Strongly disordered Hubbard model in one dimension: spin and orbital infinite randomness and Griffiths phases
III B, some t-terms are also decimated out as Ω is lowered below tmax , and the density ρt of the frozen t-terms is given by ρt ∼ δU .
Strongly disordered Hubbard model in one dimension: spin and orbital infinite randomness and Griffiths phases
In the initial steps of the renormalization solely t-terms are decimated out, until the energyscale is lowered below ∼ Umax , when also U -terms are eliminated.
Strongly disordered Hubbard model in one dimension: spin and orbital infinite randomness and Griffiths phases
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