check·​sum | \ ˈchek-ˌsəm How to pronounce checksum (audio) \

Definition of checksum

: a sum derived from the bits of a segment of computer data that is calculated before and after transmission or storage to assure that the data is free from errors or tampering

Examples of checksum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This puzzle was brilliantly answered by Ben, using a sophisticated version of the checksum modulo-3 technique from Puzzle 3. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: A Hat Trick + 1 of Hat Puzzles," 23 Mar. 2016 By tracking the MD5 checksum, which uniquely identifies the original source of a song, Hoffman said that Emusic would be able to track files that were being made available from one individual to other Napster users. Brad King, WIRED, "Emusic Tracks Napster Naughties," 21 Nov. 2000

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First Known Use of checksum

1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Checksum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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