# Definition of

# Parity

*(noun, attribute)*functional equality*(noun, cognition)*(physics) parity is conserved in a universe in which the laws of physics are the same in a right-handed system of coordinates as in a left-handed system*(noun, quantity)*(computer science) a bit that is used in an error detection procedure in which a 0 or 1 is added to each group of bits so that it will have either an odd number of 1's or an even number of 1's; e.g., if the parity is odd then any group of bits that arrives with an even number of 1's must contain an error*(noun, linkdef)*(mathematics) a relation between a pair of integers: if both integers are odd or both are even they have the same parity; if one is odd and the other is even they have different parity*(noun, state)*(obstetrics) the number of liveborn children a woman has delivered*a bipara is a woman who has given birth to two children*

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## Synonyms of **Parity**

check bit, conservation of parity, mirror symmetry, para, parity bit, space-reflection symmetry

## Alternate forms of **Parity**

**Hypernyms: **bit, conservation, equivalence, gestation, maternity, mathematical relation, pregnancy

## Origin of the word **Parity**

- 1572, "equality of rank or status," from M.Fr.
*parit?,*from L.L.*paritas*"equality," from L. adj.*par*(gen.*paris*) "equal" (see pair (n.)). Meaning "condition in which adversaries have equal resources" is from 1955, originally in ref. to the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. more

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## Words that sound like **Parity**

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