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locality

[loh-kal-i-tee] /loʊˈkæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural localities.
1.
a place, spot, or district, with or without reference to things or persons in it or to occurrences there:
They moved to another locality.
2.
the state or fact of being local or having a location:
the locality that every material object must have.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Late Latin locālitās. See local, -ity
Can be confused
local, locale, locality, location.
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Examples from the web for locality
  • The winter flu epidemic in a given locality reaches its peak in two to three weeks and lasts five to six weeks.
  • These little knots of extremists are found everywhere, one type flourishing chiefly in one locality and another type in another.
  • The excitement is not confined to any special locality.
  • Plants with the variant often coexist in the same locality as plants without it in many parts of the world.
  • The hotel restaurant greatly eased the traveler's problem of deciding where to eat in a strange locality.
  • Move your cursor over the yellow dots to see the name of the locality.
British Dictionary definitions for locality

locality

/ləʊˈkælɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a neighbourhood or area
2.
the site or scene of an event
3.
the fact or condition of having a location or position in space
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Word Origin and History for locality
n.

1620s, "fact of having a place," from French localité, from Late Latin localitatem (nominative localitas) "locality," from localis "belonging to a place" (see local). Meaning "a place or district" is from 1830.

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locality in Technology


1. In sequential architectures programs tend to access data that has been accessed recently (temporal locality) or that is at an address near recently referenced data (spatial locality). This is the basis for the speed-up obtained with a cache memory.
2. In a multi-processor architecture with distributed memory it takes longer to access the memory attached to a different processor. This overhead increases with the number of communicating processors. Thus to efficiently employ many processors on a problem we must increase the proportion of references which are to local memory.
(1995-02-28)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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