# Definition:Decimal Expansion/Decimal Point

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## Definition

Let $x \in \R$ have a decimal expansion:

$n. d_1 d_2 d_3 \ldots$

The dot that separates the integer part from the fractional part of $x$ is called the decimal point.

That is, it is the radix point when used specifically for a base $10$ representation.

## Also denoted as

The usage of the decimal point varies between the various cultures.

The American system is to use a dot placed on the line:

$12.345$

The British system is to place the dot centrally:

$12 \cdotp 345$

The European system is to use a comma:

$12, \! 345$

Consequently the thousands separator for European numbers is either a dot:

$12.345, \! 678$

or a space:

$12 \, 345, \! 678$

In $\mathsf{Pr} \infty \mathsf{fWiki}$ the British and American systems can be found for the decimal point, while the European usage of the space is generally used for the thousands separator.

## Also known as

Some (mainly historical) sources refer to the decimal point as the decimal dot.