Dictionary:Carry

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1. In arithmetic operations, the transfer of a value from a lower order position to the next higher order position as a result of the lower order having equaled or exceeded the base of the number system. For example, if subscripts indicate the base,

${\displaystyle 8_{10}+2_{10}=0+\;{\text{carry}}\;10_{10}}$
${\displaystyle 1_{2}+1_{2}=0+\;{\text{carry}}\;2_{2}}$.

2. A computer status bit that indicates whether or not the last arithmetic operation resulted in a carry from high-order bit position.