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## floatingpoint |

1 definition found From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (13 Mar 01) [foldoc]: floating-pointA number representation consisting of a {mantissa}, M, an {exponent}, E, and an (assumed) {radix} (or "base") . The number represented is M*R^E where R is the radix - usually ten but sometimes 2. Many different representations are used for the mantissa and exponent themselves. The {IEEE} specify a {standard} representation which is used by many hardware floating-point systems. See also {floating-point accelerator}, {floating-point unit}. {Normalisation} is the process of converting a floating point number into {canonical} form where any number other than zero has a mantissa whose first digit is non-zero. Opposite: {fixed-point}. (1995-03-21)