floating point

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floating point (not comparable)

  1. (mathematics) Of a number, written in two parts as a mantissa (also called significand, the value of the significant digits) and characteristic (order of magnitude / the power of a number base) e.g. 0.314159 × 101.
    Meronyms: mantissa, significand, characteristic
  2. (computing) Of the internal representation of such a number as a pair of integers.

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