= L =
Describes a computer architecture in
which, within a given 16- or 32-bit word, bytes at lower addresses
have lower significance (the word is stored `little-end-first').
The PDP-11 and VAX families of computers and Intel microprocessors
and a lot of communications and networking hardware are
little-endian. See big-endian, middle-endian, NUXI problem. The term is sometimes used to describe the ordering of
units other than bytes; most often, bits within a byte.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.