ˈbȯd How to pronounce baud (audio)
 British  ˈbōd
plural baud also bauds
: a variable unit of data transmission speed (such as one bit per second)

Examples of baud in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In those days, it was largely limited to 300 baud, though 1200-baud service was becoming increasingly available on many TAC ports. Cameron Kaiser, Ars Technica, 4 Aug. 2022 The bike’s computer had only 300 or 1200 baud dial up and 32K of memory. IEEE Spectrum, 9 Dec. 2016 My first modem was 300 baud and was painfully slow. Tim Bajarin, Forbes, 20 Dec. 2022 Whatever the baud rate may be, his Bruins lead the league in goal scoring (38) and goal differential (+17). Kevin Paul Dupont,, 30 Oct. 2022 Text messages often go as slow as 20 baud, or 20 bits per second. Jim Clash, Forbes, 20 Mar. 2021 Patterson and Lord then recorded their band’s music in MP2 format, translated the file into an ASCII test file, broke that into 26 separate pieces and spent about an hour uploading the pieces of music to the Internet using a 14.4 baud modem. Brad King, WIRED, 9 Feb. 2001 See More

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Word History


baud (telegraphic transmission speed unit), from J. M. E. Baudot †1903 French inventor

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of baud was in 1931

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“Baud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


ˈbȯd How to pronounce baud (audio)
: a unit of speed (as one bit per second) at which data is sent in communications

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