characteristic underflow

characteristic underflow

[‚kar·ik·tə′ris·tik ′ən·dər‚flō]
(computer science)
An error condition encountered when the characteristic of a floating point number is smaller than the smallest limit imposed by the hardware manufacturer.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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