octal

adjective

oc·​tal ˈäk-tᵊl How to pronounce octal (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a number system with a base of eight

Examples of octal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The octal counting system is one example, constructed to match how Na’vi would naturally have evolved given the physical characteristics of the beings speaking it. Matteo Wong, The Atlantic, 31 Dec. 2022 Each neural core is composed of two octal compute cores (OC), each of which has eight digital in-memory compute cores where weights are stored, and matrix multiplication is performed. Karl Freund, Forbes, 21 June 2022 To clean things up, a final sequence was entered: VERB 21 ENTER, NOUN 1 ENTER, 1010 ENTER, 77 ENTER Reversing the first step in the hack, MODREG was set back to 77 octal (63 decimal). Frank O’Brien, Ars Technica, 30 Jan. 2020 The crew entered: VERB 11 ENTER, NOUN 10 ENTER, 30 ENTER VERB 11 was a request to monitor octal data in the first of the DSKY's three display registers. Frank O’Brien, Ars Technica, 30 Jan. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of octal was in 1801

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Cite this Entry

“Octal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/octal. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

octal

adjective
oc·​tal ˈäk-tᵊl How to pronounce octal (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a number system with a base of eight

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