decimal system of classification

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Noun1.decimal system of classification - a system used by libraries to classify nonfictional publications into subject categories; the subject is indicated by a three-digit numeral and further specification is given by numerals following a decimal point; publications are shelved by number
classification system - a system for classifying things
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Librarians may remember that Melvil Dewey's inspiration for creating his decimal system of classification happened while he was in church.
He was responsible for introducing the Dewey decimal system of classification, firstly in the Lending Library in 1899 and then in the Reference Library over 1910-15.
Audio-based spelling will hole your boat every time; the American librarian and founder of the decimal system of classification (in 1876) was New Yorker Melvil Dewey (1851-1931), so spelled.