hexa·​dec·​i·​mal ˌhek-sə-ˈdes-məl How to pronounce hexadecimal (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a number system with a base of 16
hexadecimal noun

Examples of hexadecimal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a proof-of-work system, miners update the blockchain and verify transactions as legitimate by solving an arbitrary numerical puzzle for a hexadecimal solution, known as a hash. Wilson Chapman, Discover Magazine, 10 June 2021 Answer Man is innumerate in all major numbering systems — Roman, Arabic, hexadecimal — and not so hot in Latin, either. Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2021 The screenshots are other blocks of hexadecimal numbers. Casey Tolan, Curt Devine and Drew Griffin, CNN, 5 Aug. 2021 First, verify a series of transactions on the blockchain and, second, correctly guess a random 64-digit hexadecimal number, called a hash. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 16 May 2021 Then, a few months later, new Bergsonist EPs began appearing on Bandcamp nearly every Friday, each with its own six-character alphanumeric title, the hexadecimal color code of each recording’s thumbnail cover image. Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2020 Rather than send voters home with a binder full of hexadecimal gibberish, the computer would print the ciphertext as something much smaller: a hash code, much like how a URL is shortened into a Bit.ly. Benjamin Wofford, Wired, 15 Sep. 2020 These are 128-bit numbers, expressed in hexadecimal strings—for instance, 2001:0db8:582:ae33::29. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 27 June 2020 Currently, a block's hash needs at least around 18 zeros (in its hexadecimal representation) to be accepted by the network—which translates to around 1022 trials to find a valid block. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 9 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hexadecimal was in 1954

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“Hexadecimal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hexadecimal. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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hexa·​dec·​i·​mal ˌhek-sə-ˈdes-(ə-)məl How to pronounce hexadecimal (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a number system with a base of 16
hexadecimal numbers
hexadecimal notation
hexadecimal noun

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