Dedekind Cut(redirected from Dedekind-macneille completion)
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Dedekind cut[′dā·də·kint ‚kət]
one of the arithmetic definitions of real numbers that does not introduce geometric concepts. It was first proposed in 1872 by the German mathematician J. W. R. Dedekind. The Dedekind cut expands the set of rational numbers to the set of all real numbers by introducing the new, irrational numbers, at the same time ordering them.