explicit type conversion
<programming> (Or "cast" in C and elsewhere). A programming construct
(syntax) to specify that an expression's value should be converted to a
For example, in C, to convert an integer (usually 32 bits) to a char (usually 8
bits) we might write:
int i = 42;
char *p = &buf;
*p = (char) i;
The expression "(char)" (called a "cast") converts i's value to char type.
Casts (including this one) are often not strictly
necessary, due to automatic coercions performed by
the compiler, but can be used to make the conversion
obvious and to avoid warning messages.
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