# floating-point arithmetic

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## floating-point arithmetic

[¦flōd·iŋ ¦pȯint ə′rith·mə·tik] (mathematics)

A method of performing arithmetical operations, used especially by automatic computers, in which numbers are expressed as integers multiplied by the radix raised to an integral power, as 87 × 10

^{-4}instead of 0.0087. Also known as floating arithmetic; floating-decimal arithmetic.Want to thank TFD for its existence? Tell a friend about us, add a link to this page, or visit the webmaster's page for free fun content.

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