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byte

Syllabification: byte
Pronunciation: /bīt
 
/

Definition of byte in English:

noun

Computing
1A group of binary digits or bits (usually eight) operated on as a unit. Compare with bit4.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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