underflow

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

under- +‎ flow, modelled on overflow.

Noun[edit]

underflow (plural underflows)

  1. (computing) A condition in which the value of a computed quantity is smaller than the smallest non-zero value that can be physically stored; usually treated as an error condition
  2. (computing) The error condition that results from an attempt to retrieve an item from an empty stack

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Verb[edit]

underflow (third-person singular simple present underflows, present participle underflowing, simple past and past participle underflowed)

  1. (computing) To trigger the condition in which the value of a computed quantity is smaller than the smallest non-zero value that can be physically stored.

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