## floating-point

float·ing-pointOrigin of floating-point

in reference, refer to the decimal*point*

## floating-point

adjective

^{−5}.

## floating point - Computer Definition

A method for storing and calculating numbers in which the decimal points do not line up as in fixed point numbers. The significant digits are stored as a unit called the "mantissa," and the location of the radix point (decimal point in base 10) is stored in a separate unit called the "exponent." Floating point methods are used for calculating a large range of numbers quickly.
Floating point operations can be implemented in software or in a floating point unit (FPU), which may be a separate "math coprocessor" chip or a circuit in the CPU. See math coprocessor, numbers and NaN.
**FLOATING POINT EXAMPLES**
**Mantissa Exponent Value**
71 0 71
71 1 710
71 2 7100
71 -1 7.1