packed decimal


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packed decimal

[′pakt ′des·məl]
(computer science)
A means of representing two digits per character, to reduce space and increase transmission speed.

packed decimal

packed decimal

A storage mode that places two decimal digits into one byte, each digit occupying four bits. The sign occupies four bits in the least significant byte.
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For example, dd cannot convert packed decimals, has no support for COBOL copybook, and has limitations in speed and scale.