• WordNet 3.6
    • adj decimal numbered or proceeding by tens; based on ten "the decimal system"
    • n decimal a number in the decimal system
    • n decimal a proper fraction whose denominator is a power of 10
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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
    • n Decimal A number expressed in the scale of tens; specifically, and almost exclusively, used as synonymous with a decimal fraction.
    • a Decimal Of or pertaining to decimals; numbered or proceeding by tens; having a tenfold increase or decrease, each unit being ten times the unit next smaller; as, decimal notation; a decimal coinage.
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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)
    • decimal Pertaining to the tenth or to tens; proceeding by tens.
    • decimal Relating to tithes.
    • n decimal An expression denoting a decimal fraction by an extension of the decimal notation. A dot, called the decimal point, being placed to the right of the units' place, figures are written to the right of it, the first place in passing to the right being appropriated to tenths, the second to hundredths, etc. Thus, 199320.3 is the same as 199320 3/10; 19932.03 is the same as 19932 3/100; and 1.993203 is the same as 1 993203/1000000. (See decimal fraction, above.) The invention of decimals is usually attributed to Stevinus (1582). In his notation a mixed number, for example 1993 293/1000, which is now written 1993.203, would have been written 1993203. The decimal point may be placed above the line (a common practice) or ou the line.
    • decimal Of an angle, one sixtieth of a right angle.
    • decimal Of an arc, one two-hundred-and-fortieth of a circumference.
    • decimal Of time, 0.01 of an hour; 0.6 of an ordinary minute.
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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.
    • adj Decimal des′i-mal numbered or proceeding by tens
    • n Decimal a fraction having ten or some power of ten for its denominator
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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
F. décimal,cf. LL. decimalis,), fr. L. decimus, tenth, fr. decem, ten. See Ten, and cf. Dime


In literature:

So decimated and broken up were their columns that they dared not risk another battle.
"The Battle of New Orleans" by Zachary F. Smith
The Royal Greens also showed their numbers greatly decimated.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
With regard to decimals and units, I made a discovery which is, I think, worth stating.
"Lola" by Henny Kindermann
Currency, decimal, origin of the, iii.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
Officers ride up to the field-marshal to tell him that the situation has become desperate, their regiments decimated, their men exhausted.
"The Bronze Eagle" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
Decimation is always an objectionable mode of punishment.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
The Americans afterwards used 60 thirds, but European astronomers prefer decimals.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Each disc now reads 5 on the decimal scale.
"A Color Notation" by Albert H. Munsell
Send her away, and you decimate them.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Fractions and decimals were unsolvable mysteries to him.
"The Grain Ship" by Morgan Robertson

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:

The fungus results in a disease called white-nose syndrome, and it's decimating our bat colonies.
Co- Founding With a Friend--Without Decimating a Friendship.
Co-Founding With a Friend--Without Decimating a Friendship.
In picking Romney and Ryan, Republicans will commit to a radical vision in which government and its social role are decimated, while the rich pay lower taxes than any point since the Spanish flu ravaged the earth.
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.
There's no intrigue over a few decimal points in the final BCS standings.
The Z06 decimated the competition around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
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.

In science:

This means that if we take the length of any side of the smallest triangles (the zeroth decimated triangles) as the unit length, then the length of the sides of the triangle that inscribes the lattice (the g th decimated triangle) is 2g .
I. Territory covered by N random walkers on deterministic fractals. The Sierpinski gasket
This latter statement follows from the fact that the ratio of decimated bonds, ∆nJ , and decimated fields, ∆nh , goes to zero as ∆nJ /∆nh = R(Ω, Ω)/P (Ω, Ω) ∼ Ω1/z .
Griffiths-McCoy singularities in random quantum spin chains: Exact results through renormalization
Therefore the RG decimation equations in Eq.(3) are asymptotically exact.
Griffiths-McCoy singularities in random quantum spin chains: Exact results through renormalization
The leading-order ‘operator renormalizations’ needed are particularly simple: the spin operator ~s remains unchanged for each of the ‘surviving’ spins and is effectively zero for each of the ‘decimated’ spins (i.e., spins that are already locked into singlets with other spins).
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
W → Wc (note that the factor ln2 (Ω0 /ω ) appears for exactly the same reasons as in the RD phases of the spin-1/2 chains: the lengths of the singlets that are decimated at scale ω are roughly ∼ ln(Ω0/ω )).
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points