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WORD, construction. One or more syllables which when united convey an idea a single part of speech.
     2. Words are to be understood in a proper or figurative sense, and they are used both ways in law. They are also used in a technical sense. It is a general rule that contracts and wills shall be construed as the parties understood them; every person, however, is presumed to understand the force of the words be uses, and therefore technical words must be taken according to their legal import, even in wills, unless the testator manifests a clear intention to the contrary. 1 Bro. C. C. 33; 3 Bro. C. C. 234; 5 Ves. 401 8 Ves. 306.
     3. Every one is required to use words in the sense they are generally understood, for, as speech has been given to man to be a sign of his thoughts, for the purpose of communicating them to others, he is bound in treating with them, to use such words or signs in the sense sanctioned by usage, that is, in the sense in which they themselves understand them, or else he deceives them. Heinnec. Praelect. in Puffendorff, lib. 1, cap. 17, Sec. 2 Heinnec. de Jure Nat. lib. 1, Sec. 197; Wolff, lust. Jur. Nat. Sec. 7981.
     4. Formerly, indeed, in cases of slander, the defamatory words received the mildest interpretation of which they were susceptible, and some ludicrous decisions were the consequence. It was gravely decided, that to say of a merchant, "he is a base broken rascal, has broken twice, and I will make him break a third time," that no action could be maintained, because it might be intended that he had a hernia: ne poet dar porter action, car poet estre intend de burstness de belly. Latch, 104. But now they are understood in their usual signification. Comb. 37; Ham. N. P. 282. Vide Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.; Construction; Interpretation.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Figure 20 shows the power consumption of the LSB coprocessor unit with parallel and loop implementations configured for encoding of 8-, 16-, 32-, and 64-bit word sizes. To analyze the impact of processing time on power consumption, we have considered several processing latencies (L), ranging from 20 ns down to 6 ns.
While no choice was clearly superior, some choices were clearly bad, such as the choice of 8 for a word size of 32 bits.
We used only patterns that are smaller than the computer word size, thus the comparisons to other algorithms are not general and may not be fair.
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The problem is twofold: First, different CPUs have varying physical attributes such as cycle times, memory sizes, number of channels, etc., which are then employed in different logical constructs in terms of architectures, instruction sets, and word sizes. Furthermore, different machines are used to process different job mixes and job streams.
Mark Rubenstein, VicePresident and Director of Human Resources; Question 1: "One word sizes up today's financing situation - inadequate."