millennium bug


Informal.

a bug that can cause computers or software to misinterpret the first two digits of the year 2000 as 19, due to the coding of dates using only the last two digits of the year.

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Also called Y2K problem, Y2K bug.

Origin of millennium bug

1990–95
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British Dictionary definitions for millennium bug

millennium bug

noun

computing any software problem arising from the change in date at the start of the 21st century
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