One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A unit of computing speed equal to one million or (strictly) 1,048,576 floating-point operations per second.
- ‘The R14000 was a shrink of the 400MHz R12000 processor, which delivered two floating point operations per second or 800 megaflops of power.’
1970s: back-formation from megaflops (see mega-, -flop).
A thing that is a complete failure.
- ‘Veteran film critic for The Wall Street Journal Julie Salamon presents a juicy inside look at the making of the Hollywood mega-flop Bonfire of the Vanities.’
- ‘The story, as you'll remember from the film, revolves around a luckless Broadway producer, who ensnares Bloom into his can't-lose scheme to swell their coffers by intentionally producing a megaflop.’
- ‘Jack is trying to overcome the stigma of his megaflop movie, Last Year in Katmandu.’
1980s: a pun on megaflop.
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