hex vs hexadecimal what difference

what is difference between hex and hexadecimal

English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /hɛks/
  • Rhymes: -ɛks

Etymology 1

First attested about 1830, from Pennsylvania German hexe (to practice witchcraft), from German hexen (compare Hexe (witch)). The noun appeared later, in the 1850s. Cognate to Norwegian Bokmål heks (witch) and Dutch heks (witch), Dutch beheksen (to bewitch), Old English hægtesse (witch, hag). Doublet of hag.

Verb

hex (third-person singular simple present hexes, present participle hexing, simple past and past participle hexed)

  1. (transitive) To cast a spell on (specifically an evil spell), to bewitch.
Translations

Noun

hex (plural hexes)

  1. An evil spell or curse.
  2. A witch.
  3. (rare) A spell (now rare but still found in compounds such as hex sign and hexcraft).
Derived terms
  • hexcraft
Translations

Etymology 2

Short for hexadecimal.

Noun

hex (uncountable)

  1. (computing, informal) Clipping of hexadecimal.
Translations

Etymology 3

Short for hexagon.

Noun

hex (plural hexes)

  1. A hexagonal space on a game board.
  2. (climbing) a hexagon-shaped item of rock climbing equipment intended to be wedged into a crack or other opening in the rock.
Derived terms
  • megahex

See also

  • (climbing): nut

References

Anagrams

  • exh


English

Etymology

1952. hexadeca- +‎ decimal; see the Wikipedia article for more information.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˌhɛksəˈdɛsɪməl/

Noun

hexadecimal (countable and uncountable, plural hexadecimals)

  1. (arithmetic, computing, uncountable) A number system with base sixteen, using the digits 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, A, B, C, D, E and F, most used in computing as a hexadecimal digit can represent four bits, half a standard byte, and thus a single byte can be represented conveniently with two digits.
  2. (countable, computing) A number expressed in the hexadecimal system.

Synonyms

  • (arithmetic, computing): base sixteen
  • hex
  • sexidecimal
  • sexadecimal

Derived terms

  • hexit

Translations

Adjective

hexadecimal (not comparable)

  1. Of a number, expressed in hexadecimal.

Synonyms

  • (arithmetic, computing): base-sixteen

Translations

See also

  • base
  • binary
  • decimal
  • octal
  • 0x

Catalan

Adjective

hexadecimal (masculine and feminine plural hexadecimals)

  1. hexadecimal

Noun

hexadecimal m (plural hexadecimals)

  1. hexadecimal

Portuguese

Adjective

hexadecimal m or f (plural hexadecimais, comparable)

  1. (computing, of a number) hexadecimal (expressed in base 16)

Noun

hexadecimal m (plural hexadecimais)

  1. (computing) hexadecimal (number expressed in base 16)

Spanish

Noun

hexadecimal m (plural hexadecimales)

  1. hexadecimal

Adjective

hexadecimal (plural hexadecimales)

  1. hexadecimal

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