Repeating decimal
Repeating Re*peat"ing, a. Doing the same thing over again; accomplishing a given result many times in succession; as, a repeating firearm; a repeating watch. [1913 Webster]

{Repeating circle}. See the Note under {Circle}, n., 3.

{Repeating decimal} (Arith.), a circulating decimal. See under {Decimal}.

{Repeating firearm}, a firearm that may be discharged many times in quick succession; especially: (a) A form of firearm so constructed that by the action of the mechanism the charges are successively introduced from a chamber containing them into the breech of the barrel, and fired. (b) A form in which the charges are held in, and discharged from, a revolving chamber at the breech of the barrel. See {Revolver}, and {Magazine gun}, under {Magazine}.

{Repeating instruments} (Astron. & Surv.), instruments for observing angles, as a circle, theodolite, etc., so constructed that the angle may be measured several times in succession, and different, but successive and contiguous, portions of the graduated limb, before reading off the aggregate result, which aggregate, divided by the number of measurements, gives the angle, freed in a measure from errors of eccentricity and graduation.

{Repeating watch}. See {Repeater} (a) [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Repeating decimal — A decimal representation of a real number is called a repeating decimal (or recurring decimal) if at some point it becomes periodic: there is some finite sequence of digits that is repeated indefinitely. For example, the decimal representation of …   Wikipedia

  • repeating decimal — noun a decimal with a sequence of digits that repeats itself indefinitely • Syn: ↑circulating decimal, ↑recurring decimal • Hypernyms: ↑decimal fraction, ↑decimal * * * reˈpeating decimal 7 [repeating decimal] …   Useful english dictionary

  • repeating decimal — decimal that recurs in the same order infinitely …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • repeating decimal — noun Date: 1773 a decimal in which after a certain point a particular digit or sequence of digits repeats itself indefinitely compare terminating decimal …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • repeating decimal — repeat′ing dec′imal n. math. a decimal that, after a certain point, includes a group of one or more digits repeated ad infinitum, as 2.33333 … or 23.02181818 … Also called recurring decimal …   From formal English to slang

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