Definition: The condition of a finite state machine or Turing machine at a certain time. Informally, the content of memory.
See also start state, accepting state, next state, universal state, existential state.
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Paul E. Black, "state", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed., U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. 17 December 2004. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/state.html