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static T denorm_min() throw();
(until C++11)
static constexpr T denorm_min() noexcept;
(since C++11)

Returns the minimum positive subnormal value of the type T, if std::numeric_limits<T>::has_denorm != std::denorm_absent, otherwise returns std::numeric_limits<T>::min(). Only meaningful for floating-point types.

Return value

T std::numeric_limits<T>::denorm_min()
/* non-specialized */ T()
bool false
char 0
signed char 0
unsigned char 0
wchar_t 0
char8_t 0
char16_t 0
char32_t 0
short 0
unsigned short 0
int 0
unsigned int 0
long 0
unsigned long 0
long long 0
unsigned long long 0
float 2-149
if std::numeric_limits<float>::is_iec559 == true
double 2-1074
if std::numeric_limits<double>::is_iec559 == true
long double /* implementation-defined */


Demonstates the underlying bit structure of the denorm_min() and prints the values

#include <cassert>
#include <cstdint>
#include <cstring>
#include <iostream>
#include <limits>
int main()
    // the smallest subnormal value has sign bit = 0, exponent = 0
    // and only the least significant bit of the fraction is 1
    std::uint32_t denorm_bits = 0x0001;
    float denorm_float;
    std::memcpy(&denorm_float, &denorm_bits, sizeof(float));
    assert(denorm_float == std::numeric_limits<float>::denorm_min());
    std::cout << "float\tmin()\t\tdenorm_min()\n";
    std::cout << "\t" << std::numeric_limits<float>::min() << '\t';
    std::cout <<         std::numeric_limits<float>::denorm_min() << '\n';
    std::cout << "double\tmin()\t\tdenorm_min()\n";
    std::cout << "\t" << std::numeric_limits<double>::min() << '\t';
    std::cout <<         std::numeric_limits<double>::denorm_min() << '\n';

Possible output:

float	min()		denorm_min()
	1.17549e-38	1.4013e-45
double	min()		denorm_min()
	2.22507e-308	4.94066e-324

See also

returns the smallest finite value of the given type
(public static member function)
identifies the denormalization style used by the floating-point type
(public static member constant)
[static] (C++11)
returns the lowest finite value of the given type
(public static member function)