recurring decimal


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recurring decimal

a rational number that contains a pattern of digits repeated indefinitely after the decimal point

recurring decimal

[ri′kər·iŋ ′des·məl]
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Note that some of these decimals terminate but others go on forever and are called recurring decimals.
To draw meaningful conclusions about recurring decimals, further investigation is needed.
The reverse operation of going from a decimal fraction to a proper fraction is well known for terminating decimals but not so for recurring decimals.