decimal point

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Noun[edit]

decimal point ‎(plural decimal points)

  1. (arithmetic) A point (.) used to separate the fractional part of a decimal from the whole part.
  2. (arithmetic) A decimal mark, any symbol used to separate the fractional part of a decimal from the whole part.
  3. (proscribed) A decimal place.

Usage notes[edit]

  • (proscribed, a decimal place): The use of decimal point to mean "a digit in the fractional part of a decimal" is incorrect. Decimal numbers can have any number of decimal places, but have only one decimal point.

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Note: In some countries, especially those in continental Europe, the symbol used is a comma, and so the word used in the languages spoken in these countries is often the same as or derived from the word for comma.