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-endian

<data, architecture> The ordering of bytes in a multi-byte number.

The term comes from Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" via the famous paper "On Holy Wars and a Plea for Peace" by Danny Cohen, USC/ISI IEN 137, 1980-04-01.

The Lilliputians, being very small, had correspondingly small political problems. The Big-Endian and Little-Endian parties debated over whether soft-boiled eggs should be opened at the big end or the little end.

See big-endian, little-endian, middle-endian, holy wars, NUXI problem, swab.

(1998-08-09)

 


Nearby terms: encode encoder encryption -endian endless loop End Of Line End of Medium
 

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