Endian Definition


(computing) Of a computer, storing multibyte numbers with the most significant byte at a greater (little-endian) or lower (big-endian) address.


Origin of Endian

  • end +"Ž -ian; from a passage in Gulliver's Travels in which an emperor, after cutting his finger after opening an egg at the large end, commands his subjects to open them at the small end; those who comply are called “Little-Endians", while those who rebel by opening their eggs at the large end are called “Big-Endians."

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