|1.||relating to or using a number system whose base is 16 rather than 10|
|2.||a number system having a base 16; the symbols for the numbers 0--9 are the same as those used in the decimal system, and the numbers 10--15 are usually represented by the letters A--F. The system is used as a convenient way of representing the internal binary code of a computer|
|hexadecimal (hěk'sə-děs'ə-məl) Pronunciation Key
Of, relating to, or based on the number 16. ◇ The hexadecimal number system is a way of representing numbers where each successive digit or number represents a multiple of a power of 16. It uses the digits 0-9 plus the letters A, B, C, D, E, F, and G to represent the decimal values 10-15. For example, 4B7E represents (4 × 163) + (11 × 162) + (7 × 161) + (15 × 160), or 19,327 in the decimal system.
hexadecimaln. Base 16. Coined in the early 1960s to replace earlier `sexadecimal', which was too racy and amusing for stuffy IBM, and later adopted by the rest of the industry.