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parity check

noun, Computers.
1.
a method for detecting errors in data communications or within a computer system by counting the number of ones or zeros per byte or per word, including a special check bit (parity bit) to see if the value is even or odd.
Also called odd-even check, redundant check.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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British Dictionary definitions for parity bit

parity check

noun
1.
a check made of computer data to ensure that the total number of bits of value 1 (or 0) in each unit of information remains odd or even after transfer between a peripheral device and the memory or vice versa
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parity bit in Technology

storage, communications
An extra bit added to a byte or word to reveal errors.
See parity.
(1996-03-01)

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