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What is the meaning of 32-bit Word ?

Mar 21, 2012 8:42 AM

atifyameen 73 posts since
Feb 21, 2010

Hi,

 

I was reading the TCP/IP volume 1, when i stumbled upon this sentence describing the Header Length value in the IP Header.

 

"Header Length is a four-bit field that tells, as the name implies, the length of the IP header in 32-bit words"

 

what exactly is meant by 32-bit word ?

 

The size of the header length is 4 bits, how does that correlate to the 32-bit word ?

 

 

Thank you in advance.

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