floatingpoint
<programming> A 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 floatingpoint systems.
See also floatingpoint accelerator, floatingpoint 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 nonzero.
Opposite: fixedpoint.
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