Dictionary: A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z


data, architecture
A computer architecture in which, within a given 16- or 32-bit word, bytes at lower addresses have lower significance (the word is stored “little-end-first”). The PDP-11 and VAX families of computers and Intel microprocessors and a lot of communications and networking hardware are little-endian.
The term is sometimes used to describe the ordering of units other than bytes; most often, bits within a byte.
Compare big-endian, middle-endian. See NUXI problem.
[Jargon File]


Read Also:

  • Little end

    noun (Brit) 1. Also called (in vertical engines) top end. the smaller end of a connecting rod in an internal-combustion engine or reciprocating pump Compare big end 2. the bearing surface between the smaller end of a connecting rod and the gudgeon pin

  • Little-englander

    noun 1. an English person who believes the best interests of Britain are served by attention to Britain itself, rather than to the concerns of the empire. /ˈɪŋɡləndə/ noun 1. (esp in the 19th century) a person opposed to the extension of the British Empire 2. (Brit, informal) a person who perceives most foreign influences […]

  • Little-entrance

    noun, Eastern Church. 1. the solemn procession in which the book of the Gospels is carried through the nave of the church and into the bema.

  • Little-falls

    noun 1. a township in NE New Jersey.

Disclaimer: Little-endian definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.