abbreviated number


Definition of abbreviated number

: a number from which significant figures are omitted beyond a certain point determined by the degree of approximation desired or of accuracy attainable (as 5.667 for 5²/₃ or 93,000,000 for the mean distance in miles to the sun)

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First Known Use of abbreviated number

1852, in the meaning defined above

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“Abbreviated number.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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