parity bit


: a bit (see bit entry 4) added to an array of bits (as on magnetic tape) to provide parity as a means of error checking

Examples of parity bit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each receipt is represented by one single bit, in other words, which researchers call a parity check or parity bit. Quanta Magazine, 24 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of parity bit was in 1955

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“Parity bit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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