Meaning of “decimal” in the English Dictionary

"decimal" in British English

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decimaladjective

uk /ˈdes.ɪ.məl/ us /ˈdes.ə.məl/

relating to or expressed in a system of counting based on the number ten:

If you calculate the result to two decimal places (= give two numbers after the decimal point, as in 3.65), that should minimize any possible errors.

decimalnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdes.ɪ.məl/ us /ˈdes.ə.məl/ also decimal fraction

a number expressed using a system of counting based on the number ten:

Three fifths expressed as a decimal is 0.6.

(Definition of “decimal” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"decimal" in American English

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decimaladjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈdes·ə·məl/

of a system of counting or money based on the number ten

decimalnoun [ C ]

/ˈdes·ə·məl/

a number expressed using a system of counting based on the number ten:

Three-fifths expressed as a decimal is 0.6.

(Definition of “decimal” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"decimal" in Business English

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decimaladjective

uk /ˈdesɪməl/ us

relating to a system of counting based on the number ten:

Rises in adjusted prices are expressed to three decimal places, as in 0.246%

decimalnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdesɪməl/ us also specialized decimal fraction

a number shown using the system that is based on the number 10:

The score is written as a decimal, such as 1.5.

(Definition of “decimal” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)