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millennium bug

a bug that can cause computers or software to misinterpret the first two digits of the year 2000 as 19, due to the coding of dates using only the last two digits of the year.
Also called Y2K problem, Y2K bug.
Origin of millennium bug
1990-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for millennium bug
  • The smallest towns and businesses are not immune to the millennium bug.
  • It seemed as if the millennium bug had arrived four years late.
  • Add to that the expenses in fixing the millennium bug, and that cost almost doubles.
  • The department is committed to minimizing the impact of the millennium bug.
  • Occupational safety and health implications of the millennium bug: embedded microchips.
British Dictionary definitions for millennium bug

millennium bug

(computing) any software problem arising from the change in date at the start of the 21st century
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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millennium bug in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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