# What word describes the 'midpoint' between two times when it's not exactly a 'mid'-point? [closed]

Let's say Time 1 is 12pm and Time 2 is 3pm. One third of the time between time 1 and time 2 is 1 hour, and if we add that to Time 1, we get 1pm. What word describes this 'one third'?

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I'm not really clear what you're after - and a little more explanation could perhaps make it clearer. Are you asking for a name for any point ibetween A & B, or specifically for a point at 30% of the way? If the former, try partway or intermediate point. –  TrevorD Jun 21 at 0:20
Do you mean a third of the way through? –  tchrist Jun 21 at 0:38
He seems to want to go precisely three tenths of the distance. =P –  Kaiser Octavius Jun 21 at 0:40
Do you want this to work for any kind of fraction or just 0.3? –  Mitch Jun 21 at 0:45
If you wanted to describe time, then why did you ask for distance in your question? –  J.R. Jun 21 at 6:29

## closed as not a real question by Kris, J.R., MετάEd, Kristina Lopez, Carlo_R. Jun 21 at 22:39

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If you can live with `0.3333333333`, you can say

a third of the way to X

or

after a third of the time has elapsed

or similar constructs. You can then work your way up the simple fractions with fourth, fifth, sixth etc.

Alternatively, if this is technical writing, you could always say (assuming the times are sequential)

When T=t1+(0.3*t2)

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I don't mean to be picky, but for reference it's actually T_0.3=t1+0.3(t2-t1) for the time thing I'm doing. –  Raindrop Jun 21 at 4:44

A number like 0.3 or 0.5 is a proper decimal fraction. That is a common mathematical description of a decimal number between 0 and 1.

1. It is a decimal fraction: only the numerator is given. The denominator is a power of ten, and its value is implied by the number of digits found after the decimal point in the numerator.

2. It is a proper fraction: the numerator is less than the denominator.

## Examples

• 0.3 is 3 10ths
• 0.55 is 55 100ths
• 0.666 is 666 1000ths

Creating such numbers is sometimes called normalization, and the result is a normalized quantity. Normalization is when you compare two quantities by adjusting the larger to be equal to 1 and adjusting the smaller in the same proportion.

For example, if you have four apples and one pear, the total number of fruits is 5. Normalizing by multiplying by a normalizing constant 0.2, you get

fruits = 1
apples = 0.8
pears = 0.2

Consequently, in some contexts you could also refer to a number like 0.3 or 0.5 as a normalized value, or a normalized decimal fraction.

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I'm sorry but the fraction of a path was very important. As for now, I've just settled with using the word 'midpoint' to describe the various fractions since I don't want to use some complex mathematical word in my software. –  Raindrop Jun 21 at 16:30
You are saying there is some essential part of the question which you left out? Please edit the question. Until the question is corrected I am recommending the question be taken offline. –  MετάEd Jun 21 at 16:51

You might say, “Go 30% of the way from A to B”. You could also say “Interpolate to the point that is 70% of A and 30% of B”. That would be accurate, but might not be understood by people lacking background in computational geometry, computer graphics, numerical analysis, etc.

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You could say, "three tenths of the distance from A to B". English, like any language, does not and cannot have words for everything (language being finite in its vocabulary, and all that can be known being infinite). If 3/10 had ever been a useful measurement that occurred frequently enough in everyday life to make referring to it as "three tenths" onerous, we might have had a word for it today.

EDIT: I assumed that you were asking for a word for 0.3.

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Yes. I was looking for something like '0.3 partway' or '0.3 from A' (something short and sweet). –  Raindrop Jun 21 at 0:43