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 for recurring decimal
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Recur \Re*cur"\ (r?*k?r"), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Recurred
     (-k?rd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Recurring.] [L. recurrere; pref.
     re- re- + currere to run. See Current.]
     1. To come back; to return again or repeatedly; to come again
        to mind.
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              When any word has been used to signify an idea, the
              old idea will recur in the mind when the word is
              heard.                                --I. Watts.
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     2. To occur at a stated interval, or according to some
        regular rule; as, the fever will recur to-night.
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     3. To resort; to have recourse; to go for help.
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              If, to avoid succession in eternal existence, they
              recur to the "punctum stans" of the schools, they
              will thereby very little help us to a more positive
              idea of infinite duration.            --Locke.
        [1913 Webster]
     Recurring decimal (Math.), a circulating decimal. See under
     Recurring series (Math.), an algebraic series in which the
        coefficients of the several terms can be expressed by
        means of certain preceding coefficients and constants in
        one uniform manner.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Decimal \Dec"i*mal\, n.
     A number expressed in the scale of tens; specifically, and
     almost exclusively, used as synonymous with a decimal
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     Circulating decimal, or Circulatory decimal, a decimal
        fraction in which the same figure, or set of figures, is
        constantly repeated; as, 0.354354354; -- called also
        recurring decimal, repeating decimal, and repetend.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  recurring decimal
      n 1: a decimal with a sequence of digits that repeats itself
           indefinitely [syn: circulating decimal, recurring
           decimal, repeating decimal]

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