decimal system


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decimal system

n.
1. A number system based on units of 10.
2. A system of measurement in which all derived units are multiples of 10 of the fundamental units.
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decimal system

n
1. (Mathematics) the number system in general use, having a base of ten, in which numbers are expressed by combinations of the ten digits 0 to 9
2. (Mathematics) a system of measurement, such as the metric system, in which the multiple and submultiple units are related to a basic unit by powers of ten
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dec′imal sys`tem


n.
1. a system of counting or measurement, the units of which are powers of ten.
2. a system of classification, as in libraries, using numerals with decimals.
[1835–45]
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decimal system

A number system based on units of 10 and using decimal notation.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.decimal system - a positional system of numeration that uses decimal digits and a base of ten
positional notation, positional representation system - a numeration system in which a real number is represented by an ordered set of characters where the value of a character depends on its position
algorism - the Arabic (or decimal) system of numeration
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Translations
kymmenjärjestelmä
decimale stelseltientallig stelsel
sistema decimal
onluk sistem
References in classic literature ?
At present the Union has provided a decimal system, with coins to represent it.
There, a Muslim scholar named Mohammad Bin Mousa Al Khwarizmi developed a mathematical discipline called Al Jabir, which literally means 'reunion of broken parts.' Arabic roots In the early 13th century, an Italian mathematician named Fibonacci, who studied calculation with an Arab master in Muslim North Africa, found the numerals and their decimal system much more practical than the Roman system, and soon popularised them in Europe, where the figures became known as 'Arabic numerals.' Meanwhile, the discipline of Al Jabir became 'algebra,' and Al Khwarizmi's name evolved into 'algorithm.' Today, many words in English have Arabic roots; a shortlist would include admiral, alchemy, alcove, alembic, alkali, almanac, lute, mask, muslin, nadir, sugar, syrup, tariff and zenith.
This method provided me with a mental map of the library, helping me to easily locate books by size, color, title and author faster than a librarian could say 'Dewey Decimal System.' The system works fine - until books are reshelved after the annual inventory.
The new decimal system would replace the antiquated pounds, shillings and pence format, which saw 20 shillings in each pound and 12 pence in each shilling.
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Later in 952 AD, Arab mathematician al-Uqlidisi extended the decimal system to include fractions.
By 1791, the panel had developed a decimal system and established bases for developing standards (for instance, the unit of length should be based on a fractional arc of the earth's curvature at its meridian).
Numeration comes first, then decimal system of organizing whole numbers (not fractioned numbers).
But, Jones reminds us, Lavoisier was also a munitions expert and tax-collector; Lagrange, founder of the decimal system of measurement, was President of the Senate later in life; and E.
She has learned that Orange City Public Library in Iowa might start using BISAC classifications instead of the Dewey Decimal System. The term BISAC is short for "Book Industry Standards and Communications." In recent years, many libraries have tried classification systems that use subject terms.
Genrefication does not always involve completely eliminating the Dewey Decimal System. Some libraries combine approaches by using genres for fiction and Dewey for nonfiction.