rounding error


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rounding error

a large amount of money that is relatively small in comparison to a much larger sum. To a large company like Smith & Co., a few thousand dollars is just a rounding error. It's not a lot at all.
See also: error, round
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While the scale here is enormous, fighting for rounding errors can mean real money at the waterfront.
Regardless, Dow Jones -- while prestigious and important -- will be little more than a rounding error for the multibillion News Corp.
Flextronics said the combined company could cut costs by up to $200 million, a rounding error given the girth of the merged entity.
Although the rounding error in recent months' CPI inflation can cause a passing stir in the financial markets, some effects of rounding are still more marked in the historical CPI series.
The combined research budget for the industry is a rounding error.
For us, we know we have a mind-altering loyal audience that'll go bananas if it's not on, and we've made the cost to them so little that it's a rounding error for cable operators.
It is a 10 percent rounding error with a 3 million square foot acquisition over the last year and a half.
6) and,our data is due to an unfortunate rounding error.
Education over the Internet is going to make e-mail look like a rounding error.
Peters: You're absolutely, unequivocally, 100 percent with no rounding error right.
was down to 40 percent of the world's GNP, the Europeans were at 39 percent, and the Japanese, thanks to a rounding error, accounted for 22 percent.
Because of rounding error, the net of $3 billion differs by $1 billion from the difference of the rounded flows for net direct investment income and net portfolio income.
As the first low resolution maps of the human genome are compiled we learn that a complete sequence of the three billion nucleotides that code for a human being can be available for a sum that Pentagon officials consider little more than a rounding error.
Now, $7,000 hardly qualifies as a rounding error in the state budget, but that's hardly the point.