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a decimal point whose location is not fixed, used especially in computer operations.
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How to use floating point in a sentence
Operations for floating point numbers are handled by programming.Preliminary Specifications: Programmed Data Processor Model Three (PDP-3)|Digital Equipment Corporation
Thus floating point numbers are essentially handled as regular logical works.Preliminary Specifications: Programmed Data Processor Model Three (PDP-3)|Digital Equipment Corporation
A set of subroutines are provided with the PDP-3 to perform floating point arithmetic.Preliminary Specifications: Programmed Data Processor Model Three (PDP-3)|Digital Equipment Corporation
Scientific definitions for floating point
[ flō′tĭng-point′ ]
Relating to a method of representing numerical quantities that uses two sets of integers, a mantissa and a characteristic, in which the value of the number is understood to be equal to the mantissa multiplied by a base (often 10) raised to the power of the characteristic. Scientific notation is one means of displaying floating-point numbers.
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