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least significant character

least significant character In a string where the position of a character determines its significance, the character at the end of least significance. Such a string is normally written with the least significant position on the right. For example, the least significant digit (LSD) and the least significant bit (LSB) contribute the smallest quantity to the value of a digital or binary number.

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