implicit type conversion definition programming
(Or "coercion") The abilty of some compilers
to automatically insert type
where an expression of one type is used in a context where another type is expected.
A common example is coercion of integers
so that an expression like sin(1) is compiled as sin(integerToReal(1)) where sin is of type Real -> Real.
A coercion is usually performed automatically by the compiler whereas a cast
is an explicit type conversion
inserted by the programmer.
See also subtype