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Arithmetic overflow

In telecommunication, the term arithmetic overflow has the following meanings:

1. In a digital computer, the condition that occurs when a calculation produces a result that is greater than a given register or storage location can store or represent.

2. In a digital computer, the amount that a calculated value is greater than a given register or storage location can store or represent.

Note: The overflow may be placed at another location. Synonym overflow.

Source: from Federal Standard 1037C and from MIL-STD-188



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