Decimal point

A decimal point is the dot used in writing a decimal fraction or a decimal mixed number.

In decimal fractions, 0 is usually placed before the decimal point.


0.4   Read as "four tenths."
0.003   Read as "three thousandths."

In a decimal mixed number, the decimal point separates the whole number from the decimal fraction. The decimal point is read as "and."


$0.59   Read as "fifty-nine cents."
$2.34   Read as "two dollars and thirty-four cents."