• WordNet 3.6
    • n decimation destroying or killing a large part of the population (literally every tenth person as chosen by lot)
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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
    • Decimation A selection of every tenth person by lot, as for punishment.
    • Decimation A tithing.
    • Decimation The destruction of any large proportion, as of people by pestilence or war.
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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)
    • n decimation A tithing; specifically, an income-tax of 10 per cent. levied on the Cavaliers by Cromwell.
    • n decimation A selection of every tenth by lot, as for punishment, etc.
    • n decimation The destruction of a great but indefinite number or proportion of people, as of an army or of the inhabitants of a country; a heavy loss of life.
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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.
    • ns Decimation a military punishment, by which every tenth man was selected by lot and put to death or otherwise punished
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  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Every doctor will allow a colleague to decimate a whole countryside sooner than violate the bond of professional etiquette by giving him away.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. decimatio,: cf. F. décimation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. decimāre, -ātumdecimus, tenth.


In literature:

"Modern India" by William Eleroy Curtis
Its contents cannot be less in cubic feet and decimal parts than 392,878,125.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction," by Various
Mobbles was beyond speech and busily engaged in working it out on paper in decimals.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, Feb. 26, 1919" by Various
Hence the necessity of an inevitable decimation, which will suppress all the competitors save one.
"A Book of Exposition" by Homer Heath Nugent
Suggesting and carrying out the present decimal monetary system.
"Little Journeys To the Homes of the Great, Volume 3 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
The winnowing processes in the election of representatives were to be carried out on a decimal system.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
The ships of the invaders were captured or sunk, and their forces on land were decimated.
"Patriarchal Palestine" by Archibald Henry Sayce
Were the present number of our professional nobles decimated, they would still retain a most salutary influence.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine--Vol. 54, No. 333, July 1843" by Various
The people had been decimated by three years of famine: and no want could be more appalling than the want of food.
"The Felon's Track" by Michael Doheny
It allowed Odessa to be evacuated and its inhabitants to be decimated by the bloodthirsty Bolsheviki.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon

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:

That's because, at precisely 3:31:30 pm Pacific time on February 13, 2009, the 10-digit "epoch time" clock used by most Unix computers will display all ten decimal digits in sequence.
The kind that destroys lives, devastates families and decimates faith.
It was the kind of dark secret that destroys lives, devastates families and decimates faith.
When this little town was virtually decimated by a brutal tornado in 2007.
Some New Yorkers living in neighborhoods decimated by Hurricane Sandy have a lot they want to tell President Barack Obama as he tours the hardest-hit parts of the city Thursday.
The Big East, formed in 1979, has been decimated by the defections of.
With Hamas Rockets falling on Israel, massive layoffs decimating America's family's finances, and Barack Obama demanding massive tax increases or he will drive us over the fiscal cliff, we cannot help but day- dream about four years from now.
Expanding health coverage through the private insurance market or Medicaid, as the Obama law envisions, will extend "the blessings of liberty" to individuals hobbled by disabilities or families decimated by illness, Mr Verrilli said.
Ukrainians in Amsterdam to mark famine that decimated millions.
Injuries decimated the Eastern Washington football team last season, less than a year after the Eagles won their first FCS national title.
Only go to one decimal place and first one to guess each value owns it.
Kristen Stewart, who's seen her public image decimated in the wake of a scandal in which she cheated on her boyfriend and 'Twilight' co-star Robert Pattinson, is turning to an unusual source for comfort: Gandhi.
Co- Founding With a Friend--Without Decimating a Friendship.
Obama Fulfilled Promise to "Decimate al-Qaeda".
With a litany of injuries decimating their receiving corps and offensive line, the Giants (7-4) employed a scaled-down game plan against the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday.

In science:

In section III, we analyse classical Survey Propagation on XORSAT and show its equivalence with the “leaf removal” or “decimation” algorithm.
Geometrical organization of solutions to random linear Boolean equations
Also, with similar tools, decimation schemes such as the one introduced in could be used to select solutions or clusters with particular properties.
Geometrical organization of solutions to random linear Boolean equations
Rigorous decimation-based construction of ground pure states for spin glass models on random lattices.
Geometrical organization of solutions to random linear Boolean equations
In the table below we give the value of t1 k for some small values of k (rounding to two decimals).
On the Solution-Space Geometry of Random Constraint Satisfaction Problems
FIG. 2: One step in the decimation procedure.
Infinite-Randomness Fixed Points for Chains of Non-Abelian Quasiparticles