Definition of byte in English:


Syllabification: byte
Pronunciation: /bīt


  • 1A group of binary digits or bits (usually eight) operated on as a unit. Compare with bit4.
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    • I now know there are eight bits in a byte, and 1024 megabytes in a gigabyte.
    • The store is misaligned across two cache lines such that the upper eight bytes span a cache line boundary.
    • Eight bits make up a byte; a byte typically represents a letter, punctuation mark or digit on your screen.
  • 1.1A byte considered as a unit of memory size.
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    • A tiny worm, just 376 bytes in size, almost brought the Internet to its knees this weekend as it spewed out huge packets of random data.
    • This means you could write up to 36 bytes to that memory block without overwriting other blocks.
    • These figures are based upon an average check image size of 40,000 bytes and standard list prices for equipment.


1960s: an arbitrary formation based on bit4 and bite.

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