hexadecimal number system
/ ˌheksəˈdesɪml̩ ˈnʌmbr̩ ˈsɪstəm /
sexadecimal number system · hexadecimal system
Or hex; Number system to the base 16, used in computing. In hex the decimal numbers 0–15 are represented by the characters 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, A, B, C, D, E, F.
Hexadecimal numbers are easy to convert to the computer's internal binary code and are more compact than binary numbers.
Each place in a number increases in value by a power of 16 going from right to left; for instance, 8F is equal to 15 + (8 x 16) = 143 in decimal. Hexadecimal numbers are often preferred by programmers writing in low-level languages because they are more easily converted to the computer's internal binary (base-two) code than are decimal numbers, and because they are more compact than binary numbers and therefore more easily keyed, checked, and memorized.
A positional system of numeration that uses hexadecimal digits and a radix of 16; SYN. sexadecimal number system, hexadecimal system.