what is the meaning of the WORD in the software engineer

Can anyone give me the definition of the WORD in software engineer, and give me the longest distance in the WORD.
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for windows programming, there is in a header file <windef.h> this line

typedef unsigned short      WORD;

it defines the type WORD as an unsigned short this means that a variable declared as this type has:

16 bits
0 as a minimum value
65535 as a maximum value

hope this helps


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in Borland Pascal it is the same:
word = 16 bit from 0 65535
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