\ 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 If there is to be value in wine NFTs beyond authentication, someone needs to come up with an idea more compelling than a byte-sized bit of art. Mike Desimone, Robb Report, 2 Apr. 2022 The 16-bit address in the long jump uses an extra byte. Andrew Hudson, Ars Technica, 14 Mar. 2022 Failure to analyze each byte in an ocean of terabytes can represent a lost opportunity. Jeff Koyen, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 The native integration will give the user full control of every single byte being ingested and processed by the system, which will reduce the latency to allow for high-speed precision processing. Sachin Sinha, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021 Sometimes, those discrepancies come down to a single byte. Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2020 In one case, though, remote attacks were possible against default systems when an attacker kept a connection to the vulnerable server open for seven days by transmitting one byte every few minutes. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 28 May 2020 The company's name refers to 0s and 1s dancing together to form a byte, the binary code used by computers. Sherisse Pham, CNN, 21 May 2020 This is a legacy of Windows XP, which would cough up a hairball when presented with a disk with any hardware blocksize other than 512 byte. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, 13 Apr. 2020 See More

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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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“Byte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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\ 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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