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[loh-kal-i-tee] /loʊˈkæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural localities.
a place, spot, or district, with or without reference to things or persons in it or to occurrences there:
They moved to another locality.
the state or fact of being local or having a location:
the locality that every material object must have.
Origin of locality
1620-30; < Late Latin locālitās. See local, -ity
Can be confused
local, locale, locality, location. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It had been years since he visited this locality, and the changes were many.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Simultaneously he received a vivid mental photograph of the locality.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • The many pestiferous species vary greatly in importance, depending on locality, weather and the variety.

  • Mr. Cruncher was so bewildered that he could think of no locality but Temple Bar.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • I remember, in one locality, that the principalia who came to pay their respects consisted of more than seventy persons.

  • But then, the District Nurse was "always afraid" in that locality.

    Gloria and Treeless Street Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • From the shadow of a tree there moved one of those brazen and piteous she-ghosts that haunt the locality.

    Our Square and the People in It Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • The house itself was not likely to vindicate the claim the locality denied.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • I would like to exchange them with some little girl living in any locality except San Francisco.

British Dictionary definitions for locality


noun (pl) -ties
a neighbourhood or area
the site or scene of an event
the fact or condition of having a location or position in space
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for locality

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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