overflow bit

n. 1. [techspeak] On some processors, an attempt to calculate a result too large for a register to hold causes a particular flag called an overflow bit to be set. 2. Hackers use the term of human thought too. "Well, the {Ada} description was baroque all right, but I could hack it OK until they got to the exception handling ... that set my overflow bit." 3. The hypothetical bit that will be set if a hacker doesn't get to make a trip to the Room of Porcelain Fixtures "I'd better process an internal interrupt before the overflow bit gets set".