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runt

1. the smallest and weakest young animal in a litter, esp the smallest piglet in a litter
2. a large pigeon, originally bred for eating
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runt

The frame that remains after a collision on a CSMA/CD medium such as Ethernet. Runts are undersize packets, smaller than what the network protocol calls for, such as 64 bytes in Ethernet. Electrical interference or faulty wiring can also produce a runt. It is the opposite of an oversize packet, termed a "giant." See runt filtering.
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