\ 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

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These programs, often favored by programmers, deal with text in a purer form: as characters stored as bytes of data with no formatting, no page size. Rachel Z. Arndt, Popular Mechanics, "Why You Should Ditch Microsoft Word for NotePad," 8 Mar. 2019 In hip-hop, especially, an album is now a data set — bytes first, music second. New York Times, "Post Malone and Rae Sremmurd, Hip-Hop Impressionists Shaping the Stream," 9 May 2018 The data associated with incoming calls is limited to 512 bytes, which RapidSOS CEO Michael Martin notes is less than what traveled along the first transatlantic cable. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "By Pushing Your Location Straight to 911, iOS 12 Will Save Lives," 18 June 2018 While Silicon Valley focuses on moving bytes, Detroit will focus on moving people. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford revels in a new 'city of possibility'; residents hopeful, skeptical," 20 June 2018 As such, bringing it to the handheld requires a little more work than just translation of the bits and bytes into something the Game Boy can understand, which would be tough enough on its own. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Wildly Complicated Hack Brings Classic PC Shooter to the Game Boy," 19 Dec. 2016 These ends also contain some information where the data resides in the overall storage scheme—i.e., these are bytes 197 to 300. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Inching closer to a DNA-based file system," 20 Feb. 2018 Considering your average video can have as many as 60 frames per second, this can save a truly bonkers number of bytes. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The GIF Is Dead. Long Live the GIF.," 18 Aug. 2016 Sure, there’s a corporate gold rush for these biological bits and bytes—a multibillion-dollar race to dominate the health dataverse. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Health Care Mergers and Your Data, Alzheimer's Drug IPO, Flu Season Numbers," 19 Mar. 2018

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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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The first known use of byte was in 1956

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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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