Definition of denary in English:



  • ‘denary numbers’
    less common term for decimal
    • ‘The table at the bottom of this page translates base 36 numbers to our familiar denary system.’
    • ‘Base 9 is called nonary, Base 10 is called denary or decimal, continued below…’
    • ‘One could not possibly even write the number down in full, in our ordinary denary (power of ten) notation: it would be one followed by ten to the power of 123 successive zeros!’
    • ‘In the kitchen scales, for example, the weight is displayed as a denary number on the display.’
    • ‘You can convert a number in any number system to a denary number using this calculation.’


Mid 19th century: from Latin denarius ‘containing ten’ (see denarius).