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A data-processing error arising when the absolute value of a computed quantity is smaller than the limits of precision of the computing device, retaining at least one significant digit.
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1. (Physical Geography) another word for undercurrent
2. (Computer Science) computing a condition that occurs when arithmetic operations produce results too small to store in the available register
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