Dictionary of Electrical Engineering

Commonly used terms in the Electrical industry.

Gray code
a code in which each of a sequence of code words differs by one bit from the preceding one, and the assigned value of each code word is one more than that of the preceding one. Such a code avoids glitches (i.e., sharp momentary unwanted spikes) when, in an electromechanical system, the sensors giving the code words are imperfectly aligned. For example, one possible three-bit Gray code is:

000 001 011 010 110 111 101 100.