byte

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noun \ˈbīt\

Definition of byte

  1. :  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 2c

Origin and Etymology of byte

perhaps alteration of 2bite


First Known Use: 1956

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BYTE Defined for English Language Learners

byte

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noun \ˈbīt\

Definition of byte for English Language Learners

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


BYTE Defined for Kids

byte

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noun \ˈbīt\

Definition of byte for Students

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



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