Big endian

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Big Endian refers to the order in which data is held or represented. If we represent one thousand two hundred and thirty five thus: 1235, we are using a big endian form since the most significant digits come first when reading from left to right as we would normally expect to do. Certain computer architectures require the same number to be stored as 5321, which still represents one thousand two hundred and thirty five but places the least significant digits first when reading left to right. This format would be termed Little Endian.