ASCII

noun
\ ˈa-(ˌ)skē How to pronounce ASCII (audio) \

Definition of ASCII

: a code for representing alphanumeric information

First Known Use of ASCII

1963, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ASCII

American Standard Code for Information Interchange

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ASCII

Time Traveler for ASCII

Time Traveler

The first known use of ASCII was in 1963

See more words from the same year

Statistics for ASCII

Cite this Entry

“ASCII.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ASCII. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for ASCII

ASCII

noun
How to pronounce ASCII (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ASCII

: a standard way of representing numbers and letters in a computer file so that they can be read by most computers

More from Merriam-Webster on ASCII

Nglish: Translation of ASCII for Spanish Speakers

Comments on ASCII

What made you want to look up ASCII? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!