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 2c
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The table lookup and LFSR step are performed for each byte of data in the sector, and the result is output as the original video data.
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Origin and Etymology of byte
perhaps alteration of 2bite
First Known Use: 1956See Words from the same year
BYTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of byte for English Language Learners
: a unit of computer information that is equal to eight bits
BYTE Defined for Kids
Definition of byte for Students
: a group of eight bits that a computer handles as a unit
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