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Meaning of FLIP-FLOP

Pronunciation:  flip flâp

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a backward somersault
  2. [n]  an electronic circuit that can assume either of two stable states
  3. [n]  a decision to reverse an earlier decision
  4. [v]  reverse, as of direction, attitude, or course of action

FLIP-FLOP is a 9 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: alternate, change of mind, flip, interchange, reversal, switch, tack, turnabout, turnaround
 See Also: afterthought, change by reversal, circuit, deciding, decision making, electric circuit, electrical circuit, flip, reconsideration, rethink, reverse, second thought, somersault, somersaulting, turn



Computing Dictionary

A digital logic circuit that can be in one of two states which it switches (or "toggles") between under control of its inputs. It can thus be considered as a one bit memory. Three types of flip-flop are common: the sr flip-flop, the jk flip-flop and the d-type flip-flop (or latch).

Early literature refers to the "Eccles-Jordan circuit" and the "Eccles-Jordan binary counter", using two vacuum tubes as the active (amplifying) elements for each bit of information storage. Later implementations using bipolar transistors could operate at up to 20 million state transitions per second as early as 1963.

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