: a code for representing alphanumeric information

Examples of ASCII in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For 24 hours from Tuesday to Wednesday afternoon this week, Barbie played in the ASCII Theater. Amanda Hoover, WIRED, 1 Feb. 2024 For its latest project, ASCII Theater, the group will broadcast a popular new film daily in ASCII format that anyone can watch for free. Amrita Khalid, The Verge, 30 Jan. 2024 Meanwhile, users like reporter Alex Goldman have already begun mourning the impending loss of beloved bots, including bots that tweet everything from Boggle games to randomly generated ASCII night skies. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 2 Feb. 2023

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Word History


American Standard Code for Information Interchange

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ASCII was in 1963

Dictionary Entries Near ASCII

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“ASCII.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ASCII. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a computer code for expressing numerals, letters of the alphabet, and other symbols

American Standard Code for Information Interchange

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