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Accidental Fork

An accidental fork happens when two or more miners find a block almost simultaneously. One chain then becomes longer than the other, and the network eventually abandons the blocks that are not in the longer chain. These blocks are then classified as ‘orphaned blocks.’

Address

Cryptocurrency addresses are used to receive and send transactions on the network.

Agreement Ledger

An distributed ledger used by two or more parties to negotiate and reach an agreement.

Altcoin

Any cryptocurrency that exists as an alternative to bitcoin.

API (Application Programming Interface)

A software intermediary that helps two separate applications communicate with one another.

ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit)

Often compared to GPUs, ASICs are specially made for cryptocurrency mining and may offer significant power savings.

Atomic Swaps

Atomic swaps involve cryptocurrencies across Blockchains that are tradeable with one another without needing an exchange in the middle.

Attestation Ledger

A distributed ledger providing a durable record of agreements, commitments, or statements, providing evidence (attestation) that these agreements, commitments, or statements were made.