decem-, decim-, deci-, dec-
(Latin: ten; also, a decimal prefix used in the international metric system for measurements)
In the metric [decimal] system, deci- [DE si] is used to show 1/10 of a unit, as 10-1 [0.1]; tenth [U.S.] and tenth part [U.K.]. The metric symbol is d.
The lack of rain can decimate many agricultural products of farmers.2. To cause extensive harm or damage: The more elderly people become older, the more they decimate their physical and mental conditions.
3. To severely damage or to destroy a large part of something: Throughout history, many people have been decimated as a result of wars.
There are some linguists who argue that decimate should refer to people and not to things or animals; such as, weeds or insects.
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2. In ancient Rome: of or pertaining to the tenth cohort of a legion.
Also called the decuman gate. In ancient Rome, it was the main gate of a military camp, facing away from the enemy and near which the tenth cohort (unit) of the legion was usually stationed.
2. In ancient Rome, an officer in command of ten soldiers.
3. A council member in the Roman Empire