millennium bug


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millennium bug

n
(Computer Science) computing any software problem arising from the change in date at the start of the 21st century

millen′nium bug`



n.
Informal. a bug that can cause computers or software to misinterpret the first two digits of the year 2000 as 19, due to the coding of dates using only the last two digits of the year.
[1990–95]
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I READ with dismay the comments madeby J Hill about the money wasted by the government in preparing for the millennium bug, when ultimately the problem never occurred.
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