General English



  • In computer programming, a value which remains unchanged during program execution. The value of a constant is also fixed, but a constant is a descriptive name assigned to a value, while a literal is an explicit appearance of a value, such as the number 86. A literal may be a number, character, or string.

Information & Library Science

  • adjective following the exact meaning of a word or phrase, without any additional meanings
  • noun a mistake made when keyboarding so that characters are transposed

Media Studies

  • noun a printing error that is either a misspelling or the accidental swapping of two letters.
  • abbreviationlit.