bandwidth

noun
band·​width | \ ˈband-ˌwidth , -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.

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Tap lights: Don’t have the money or bandwidth to add more interior lighting in your rig? Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018 People have limited emotional and cognitive bandwidth (and there’s no app to expand it). David Roberts, Vox, "My advice for aspiring explainer journalists," 9 Dec. 2018 Nvidia has also moved to GDDR6 with its RTX 2080, which means there’s as much as 50 percent higher effective bandwidth for games. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Nvidia rethinks the graphics card with the RTX 2080," 14 Sep. 2018 But the overlay also revealed the bandwidth sent over the server, which was very low when the scene remained fixed or was rotated slowly. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "I played Shadow of the Tomb Raider over 5G, and it didn't suck," 11 Sep. 2018 The more common pricing is a year of service with unlimited bandwidth for up to five devices for $40 to $70. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "ProtonVPN review: Underground data centers, one-click multi-hop, and more make for a great choice," 4 Sep. 2018 Gogo’s cell towers transmitted just enough bandwidth onto planes for passengers to perform basic internet tasks. Alison Sider, WSJ, "Why Wi-Fi Isn’t Free on Airlines," 25 July 2018 There’s no logging of your online traffic, DNS requests, connections, timestamps, IP addresses, bandwidth, nothing. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Mullvad 2018 review: A fantastic VPN has a great new look," 17 Oct. 2018 In that auction, WCGV received $84.3 million in compensation for some of its bandwidth. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Get TV and Grit channels to drop from local TV lineup," 2 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of bandwidth

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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bandwidth

noun

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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