A selection of every tenth person by lot, as for punishment.
(mathematics) The creation of a new sequence comprising only every nth element of the original sequence.
(telecommunications) A digitalsignal processing technique for reducing the number of samples in a discrete-time signal.
Other Word Forms
Origin of decimation
From Latindecimātiō, a punishment where every 10th man in a unit would be stoned to death by the men who were spared. Used by the Romans to keep order in their military. Compare septimation and vicesimation.
Decimation Sentence Examples
The parallels or climata 2 drawn through places, of which the longest day is of equal length and the decimation (distance) from the equator is the same, he maintained, ought to have been inserted at equal intervals, say of half an hour, and the meridians inserted on a like principle.
This is particularly remarkable given the almost continued decimation of this stricken people and land by a succession of brutal, self-serving rulers.
Cassie’s death created ripples in the series that played out over several years including the decimation of her parents marriage, her father’s affair with Phyllis and later when her younger brother Noah began acting out.
They brought from their native Italy a thorough knowledge of the science of government as the middle ages understood it, and the decimation of the Hungarian magnates during the civil wars enabled them to re-create the noble hierarchy on a feudal basis, in which full allowance was made for Magyar idiosyncracies.