what is a float???

# What is a Float?

**zystvan**#2

Hi @bitwhiz66766,

A float is a number with decimal places after it. In contrast to an integer, which might be `3`

(for example), a float might be something like `3.14`

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**mtf**#3

The term originates with the very complex *floating point arithmetic* process taking place inside the computerâ€™s math co-processor. The general maths term to describe it is, `Real`

. Floats are real numbers, which in the computerâ€™s architecture are composed of a mantissa, and an exponent *(see, Scientific Notation)*.