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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. An addition of little importance.
2. The decimal part of a logarithm or the positive fractional part of a number.
Via Latin mantisa/mantissa (makeweight, something put in a scale to complete a needed weight), from a now extinct language, Etruscan, once spoken in what is now Tuscany, Italy. Earliest documented use: 1641.
"Are we supposed to think that most criticism of Mr. John Fowles is a mantissa?"
John Leonard; Books of the Times; The New York Times; Aug 31, 1982.
See more usage examples of mantissa in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
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