dummy instruction

Definitions

General Science

Electronics

  • A computer instruction which produces no action. It simply serves to cause the processor to utilize a clock cycle, or to proceed to the next instruction. Used, for instance, to complete a very long instruction word. Also called do-nothing instruction, or no-operation instruction.
  • synonymdo-nothing instruction

Computing

  • noun a programming instruction that does not carry out any action other than increasing the program counter to the next instruction address
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