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irrational number


They showed two-to-the-power-of-Infinity-minus-one to one against (an irrational number that only has a conventional meaning in Improbability Physics).
Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  a real number that cannot be expressed as a rational number

other ways of saying this:
  • cannot be expressed as a simple fraction
  • cannot be expressed as one integer over another — such as 1/2
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irrational numbers irrational number
Notes:
Pi and the square root of 2 are examples of irrational numbers.
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  • They showed two-to-the-power-of-Infinity-minus-one to one against (an irrational number that only has a conventional meaning in Improbability Physics).
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • And so, in that Greek letter that looks like a shack with a corrugated tin roof, in that elusive, irrational number with which scientists try to understand the universe, I found refuge.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
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Associated words [difficulty]:   irrational number [9]
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