Decimal fraction
Fraction Frac"tion, n. [F. fraction, L. fractio a breaking, fr. frangere, fractum, to break. See {Break}.] 1. The act of breaking, or state of being broken, especially by violence. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Neither can the natural body of Christ be subject to any fraction or breaking up. --Foxe. [1913 Webster]

2. A portion; a fragment. [1913 Webster]

Some niggard fractions of an hour. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

3. (Arith. or Alg.) One or more aliquot parts of a unit or whole number; an expression for a definite portion of a unit or magnitude. [1913 Webster]

{Common fraction}, or {Vulgar fraction}, a fraction in which the number of equal parts into which the integer is supposed to be divided is indicated by figures or letters, called the denominator, written below a line, over which is the numerator, indicating the number of these parts included in the fraction; as 1/2, one half, 2/5, two fifths.

{Complex fraction}, a fraction having a fraction or mixed number in the numerator or denominator, or in both. --Davies & Peck.

{Compound fraction}, a fraction of a fraction; two or more fractions connected by of.

{Continued fraction}, {Decimal fraction}, {Partial fraction}, etc. See under {Continued}, {Decimal}, {Partial}, etc.

{Improper fraction}, a fraction in which the numerator is greater than the denominator.

{Proper fraction}, a fraction in which the numerator is less than the denominator. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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• Decimal fraction — Decimal Dec i*mal, a. [F. d[ e]cimal (cf. LL. decimalis), fr. L. decimus tenth, fr. decem ten. See {Ten}, and cf. {Dime}.] Of or pertaining to decimals; numbered or proceeding by tens; having a tenfold increase or decrease, each unit being ten… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

• decimal fraction — fraction whose denominator is ten or a power of ten (usually expressed with a decimal point) …   English contemporary dictionary

• decimal fraction — noun a proper fraction whose denominator is a power of 10 • Syn: ↑decimal • Derivationally related forms: ↑decimalize (for: ↑decimal), ↑decimalise (for: ↑decimal) …   Useful english dictionary

• decimal fraction — Arith. a fraction whose denominator is some power of 10, usually indicated by a dot (decimal point or point) written before the numerator: as 0.4 = 4/10; 0.126 = 126/1000. Cf. common fraction, nonterminating decimal, terminating decimal. [1650… …   Universalium

• decimal fraction — noun Date: 1660 a fraction (as .25 = 25/100 or .025 = 25/1000) or mixed number (as 3.025 = 3 25/1000) in which the denominator is a power of 10 usually expressed by use of the decimal point …   New Collegiate Dictionary

• decimal fraction — /dɛsəməl ˈfrækʃən/ (say desuhmuhl frakshuhn) noun a fraction whose denominator is some power of ten, usually indicated by a dot (the decimal point) written before the numerator, as 0.4 =⁴⁄₁₀ and 0.126 = ¹²⁶⁄₁₀₀₀ …   Australian English dictionary

• decimal fraction — noun The fractional part of a decimal number: the digits to the right of the decimal point …   Wiktionary

• decimal fraction — dec′imal frac tion n. math. a fraction whose denominator is some power of 10, usu. indicated by a dot (dec′imal point or point) written before the numerator: as 0.4 = 4/10 ; 0.126 = 126/1000 • Etymology: 1650–60 …   From formal English to slang

• décimal — décimal, ale, aux [ desimal, o ] adj. et n. f. • 1746; de décime ♦ Qui procède par dix; qui a pour base le nombre dix. Numération décimale, à base dix. Nombre décimal, pouvant s écrire sous la forme d une fraction dont le dénominateur est une… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

• Decimal — Dec i*mal, a. [F. d[ e]cimal (cf. LL. decimalis), fr. L. decimus tenth, fr. decem ten. See {Ten}, and cf. {Dime}.] Of or pertaining to decimals; numbered or proceeding by tens; having a tenfold increase or decrease, each unit being ten times the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English