\ ˈbīt How to pronounce byte (audio) \

Definition of byte

: a unit of computer information or data-storage capacity that consists of a group of eight bits and that is used especially to represent an alphanumeric character — compare word entry 1 sense 10

Examples of byte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Companies like Viasat, HughesNet, and Iridium have been raining bits and bytes on Earth for decades. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "How SpaceX's Satellite Internet Will Actually Work," 6 Jan. 2020 The bulk of innovation has been shunted into the invisible realm of bytes and code. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "The Real Trouble With Silicon Valley," 17 Dec. 2019 Policymakers wrestling with the value of an individual’s data face a fundamental problem: While data often gets compared to oil, there’s no equivalent to benchmark crude for bits and bytes. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Senators Want Facebook to Put a Price on Your Data. Is That Possible?," 26 June 2019 Back in the original days of Flight Simulator, every byte of graphics data had to be stored locally, whether downloaded or accessed on DVD, CD, or, yes, floppy disk. Eric Adams, Wired, "Bing Maps Make the Revived Flight Simulator Eerily Realistic," 15 Dec. 2019 In this case, one byte of inbound traffic, when routed to a vulnerable device, can generate 153 bytes of firepower directed toward a target of attackers' choice. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "‘Security’ Cameras Are Dry Powder for Hackers. Here’s Why," 19 Sep. 2019 Alice thinks that Bob does not support 16 bytes of entropy and accepts 1 byte. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "New Attack exploiting serious Bluetooth weakness can intercept sensitive data," 17 Aug. 2019 Jarobi White, a founding member of A Tribe Called Quest, honored Phife with a montage of images and obscure sound bytes during his DJ set. Julian Kimble, Washington Post, "Native Tongue festival brings together hip-hop’s past and present," 19 July 2019 The vulnerability is also remotely exploitable against default Exim setups, although an attacker first must keep a connection to the vulnerable server open for seven days, by transmitting one byte every few minutes. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Millions of machines affected by command execution flaw in Exim mail server," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of byte

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for byte

perhaps alteration of bite entry 2

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12 Jan 2020

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“Byte.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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How to pronounce byte (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of byte

: a unit of computer information that is equal to eight bits


\ ˈbīt How to pronounce byte (audio) \

Kids Definition of byte

: a group of eight bits that a computer handles as a unit

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