band·​width | \ ˈband-ˌwidth How to pronounce bandwidth (audio) , -ˌwitth \

Definition of bandwidth

1 : a range within a band of wavelengths, frequencies, or energies especially : a range of radio frequencies which is occupied by a modulated carrier wave, which is assigned to a service, or over which a device can operate
2 : the capacity for data transfer of an electronic communications system Graphics consume more bandwidth than text does. especially : the maximum data transfer rate of such a system a bandwidth of 100 megabits per second
3 : the emotional or mental capacity necessary to do or consider something I don't have the bandwidth to do it all myself, and I feel like a failure because I'm not living up to my own ideals.— Frances Lefkowitz

Examples of bandwidth in a Sentence

The modem has a bandwidth of 56 kilobits per second. Graphics use more bandwidth than text does.
Recent Examples on the Web That’s an indirect criticism of Intel’s Foveros approach, which uses microbumps and thus consumes more power and provides less bandwidth, Krewell noted. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 1 June 2021 Device connections to the network are free, but are designed to support small bandwidth, clearly indicating a vocation for the IoT environment. Enrique Dans, Forbes, 31 May 2021 There are two beneficiaries to these swindles, the thieves themselves and the carriers who grant them access to bandwidth. WSJ, 26 May 2021 Mike Crawford, an analyst with B. Riley Securities, said Viasat’s next-generation constellation will feature the most deliverable bandwidth at the lowest cost per bit worldwide. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 May 2021 The ethernet electrical saves weight while increasing bandwidth and enabling over-the-air updates. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 19 May 2021 Telemedicine became a more common option during the pandemic, and going forward could help increase bandwidth and expand access in underserved areas. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 9 May 2021 By selling its copyrights, Downtown hopes to have the means and bandwidth to focus more intensely on its core music publishing services, sync licensing capabilities, and its songwriter admin service Songtrust, according to the press release. Samantha Hissong, Rolling Stone, 26 Apr. 2021 The systems are designed to improve bandwidth, especially in urban areas, allowing many more devices to connect and much higher upload and download speeds. Pat Eaton-robb,, 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of bandwidth

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Jun 2021

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“Bandwidth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bandwidth

technical : a measurement of the ability of an electronic communications device or system (such as a computer network) to send and receive information

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