: a unit of measure for calculating the speed of a computer equal to one floating-point operation per second
Supplied by IBM, with a billion flops (floating point operations per second) and a capacity to expand to 60 billion flops with the addition of other processors and memory, it will be among the 10 most sophisticated computers in the world.—Eleanor Wilson
—usually used in combination
A GPU [=graphics processing unit] can deliver hundreds of billions of operations per second—some GPUs more than a teraflop, or a trillion operations per second—while requiring only slightly more electrical power and cooling than a CPU.—Andrea Di Blas et al.
He flopped down onto the bed.
She flopped into the chair with a sigh.
All of their attempts have flopped miserably.
The curtains were flopping around in the breeze. Noun (1)
The movie was a total flop.
It fell to the ground with a flop. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Carter, however, apparently thought the whole thing flopped.—Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2023 After a hearty portion of pumpkin pie, most of us want to flop on the couch and watch TV.—Jen Murphy, WSJ, 23 Nov. 2023 Meanwhile, the Pac-12’s attorney flopped and flailed with poor material.—Jon Wilner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Nov. 2023 Ari Emanuel’s Endeavor flopped on the stock market.—Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2023 The film was a box office flop upon release in 1999 but emerged as a cult classic in the years that followed.—Zack Sharf, Variety, 30 Oct. 2023 The Marvels flopped as the lowest-grossing opening weekend in the 15 years since the release of the original Iron Man.—Heather Hunter, Washington Examiner, 13 Nov. 2023 The production will be the musical’s first on Broadway since its original 1981 original run flopped after running for only 16 performances.—Emily St. Martin, Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2023 The House Republicans dropped Jordan as their nominee Friday, after a hardball pressure campaign that resulted in some lawmakers even receiving death threats flopped.—Compiled By Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 24 Oct. 2023
Some of Disney’s modest successes or outright flops would be classified as smashes for its rivals.—Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 27 Nov. 2023 Despite these rare eureka moments, most failures are basic flops.—Ann Kowal Smith, Forbes, 27 Nov. 2023 Green dreams and extravagant flops The current debates about power generation focus on its environmental impacts rather than on the reliability of the grid that delivers power to homes and businesses.—William F. Shughart Ii, Fortune, 17 Nov. 2023 Losing that first casual crowd is the difference between an apparent flop and box office domination.—David Betancourt, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 But the September flop in Las Vegas, which included Spears failing to lip-sync portions of the song, launched scores of theories and even more questions about her fitness to return to the stage — let alone parenthood.—Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 26 Oct. 2023 After 41 years, Formula One racing is back in the splashiest of ways with the Las Vegas Grand Prix and a course that runs down the Las Vegas Strip, as opposed to the flop of a first try from 1981-82.—Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 There were a number of money-losing flops so studio executives became increasingly reluctant to risk doing musicals.—Jack Butler, National Review, 14 Nov. 2023 At 26, he was faced with the worst kind of flop: the public kind.—Liza Weisstuch, Robb Report, 4 Nov. 2023 See More
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