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 56 kilobits per second

Examples of bandwidth in a Sentence

  1. The modem has a bandwidth of 56 kilobits per second.

  2. Graphics use more bandwidth than text does.

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First Known Use of bandwidth

1902


BANDWIDTH Defined for English Language Learners

bandwidth

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Definition of bandwidth for English Language Learners

  • : 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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