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[loh-kal-i-tee] /loʊˈkæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural localities.
a place, spot, or district, with or without reference to things or persons in it or to occurrences there:
They moved to another locality.
the state or fact of being local or having a location:
the locality that every material object must have.
Origin of locality
1620-30; < Late Latin locālitās. See local, -ity
Can be confused
local, locale, locality, location. Unabridged
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noun (pl) -ties
a neighbourhood or area
the site or scene of an event
the fact or condition of having a location or position in space
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Word Origin and History for locality

1620s, "fact of having a place," from French localité, from Late Latin localitatem (nominative localitas) "locality," from localis "belonging to a place" (see local). Meaning "a place or district" is from 1830.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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locality in Technology

1. In sequential architectures programs tend to access data that has been accessed recently (temporal locality) or that is at an address near recently referenced data (spatial locality). This is the basis for the speed-up obtained with a cache memory.
2. In a multi-processor architecture with distributed memory it takes longer to access the memory attached to a different processor. This overhead increases with the number of communicating processors. Thus to efficiently employ many processors on a problem we must increase the proportion of references which are to local memory.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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