In floating-point arithmetic , the significand is a component of a finite floating-point number
containing its significant digits.

Generally speaking, the significand can be thought of as an integer , as a fraction , or as some other fixed-point form by
choosing an appropriate exponent offset (that is, an appropriate bias ).
What's more, a decimal or subnormal binary significand
may also contain leading zeros.

See also Arithmetic ,

Biased Exponent ,

Floating-Point Algebra ,

Floating-Point Arithmetic ,

Floating-Point
Exponent ,

Floating-Point Normal Number ,

Floating-Point Number ,

Floating-Point
Preferred Exponent ,

Floating-Point Quantum ,

Floating-Point Representation ,

IEEE 754-2008 ,

Interval
Arithmetic ,

NaN ,

Quiet NaN ,

Signaling NaN ,

Subnormal
Number
This entry contributed by Christopher
Stover

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References IEEE Computer Society. "IEEE Standard for Floating-Point
Arithmetic: IEEE Std 754-2008 (Revision of IEEE Std 754-1985)." 2008. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/articleDetails.jsp?arnumber=4610935 .
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Stover, Christopher . "Significand." From MathWorld --A Wolfram Web Resource, created by Eric
W. Weisstein . https://mathworld.wolfram.com/Significand.html

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