: 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 In the twenty-first century, bits and bytes are as threatening as bullets and bombs. William J. Lynn Iii, Foreign Affairs, 28 Sep. 2011 These text blocks are actually transcriptions of audio bytes. Lauren Goode, WIRED, 15 Apr. 2024 Written on an early home computer with 10.5 million bytes of memory, Herbert’s work included treatments and rough outlines of what was meant to be—like Villeneuve’s contemporary adaptation—a two-part experience, at De Laurentiis’ initial suggestion. Max Evry, WIRED, 4 Mar. 2024 The file manager lists 0 bytes for every type of file and empty folder, and the files also aren't viewable from a PC over USB. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 27 Oct. 2023 See all Example Sentences for byte 

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Word History


perhaps alteration of bite entry 2

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of byte was in 1956

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“Byte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

possibly an altered form of bite

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