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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A typical microcomputer will have 48K or 64K of memory i.e. 48 or 64 Kilobytes or 48,000 bytes.
▪ It is not necessary to copy all 2048 bytes.
▪ It is sent as a pair of characters, least significant byte first.
▪ Simple arithmetic quickly tells us that this is equivalent to an average data transfer of 150,000 bytes per second.
▪ The first byte is set to the least significant byte of the number and the second to the most significant byte.
▪ The index relates key values to the relative byte address locations of the data record.
▪ You should enter an approximate time for this media unit to transfer a 512 byte block of data.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1956, American English; see bit (n.2). Reputedly coined by Dr. Werner Buchholz at IBM.


n. 1 (context computing English) A sequence of adjacent bits (binary digits) that can be operated on as a unit by a computer; the smallest usable machine word; nearly always eight bits, which can represent an integer from 0 to 255 or a single character of text. 2 (context computing English) A unit of computing storage equal to eight bits


n. a sequence of 8 bits (enough to represent one character of alphanumeric data) processed as a single unit of information


The byte is a unit of digital information that most commonly consists of eight bits. Historically, the byte was the number of bits used to encode a single character of text in a computer and for this reason it is the smallest addressable unit of memory in many computer architectures. The size of the byte has historically been hardware dependent and no definitive standards existed that mandated the size. The de facto standard of eight bits is a convenient power of two permitting the values 0 through 255 for one byte. The international standard IEC 80000-13 codified this common meaning. Many types of applications use information representable in eight or fewer bits and processor designers optimize for this common usage. The popularity of major commercial computing architectures has aided in the ubiquitous acceptance of the 8-bit size.

The unit octet explicitly denotes a sequence of eight bits, eliminating the ambiguity of the byte. The usage of the term octad(e) for 8 bits is no longer common today.

Byte (dinghy)

The Byte is a small one-design sailing dinghy sailed by one person. It was designed by Canadian Ian Bruce, who also commissioned and marketed the Laser.

Byte (disambiguation)

A byte is a unit of digital information in computing and telecommunications that most commonly consists of eight bits.

Byte may also refer to:

  • Byte (magazine), a computer industry magazine
  • Bytes (album), an album by Black Dog Productions
  • Byte (retailer), an unsuccessful computer retailer in the United Kingdom
  • Byte (dinghy), a sailing dinghy
Byte (retailer)

Byte [Computer Superstores Ltd] was a retail venture of Specialist Computer Holdings Ltd in the United Kingdom which from 1993 sold primarily computer hardware, software and accessories in large stores on retail parks, (similar to PC World). The company was acquired by PC World in 1998 who re-branded or closed each store - leaving the Byte name to no longer exist.

In April 2012, a UK based Entrepreneur successfully applied for and was granted the Byte trademark. In January 2013 Byte [Technology Ltd] was incorporated with the intention of relaunching the Byte brand which by now had not been seen in the UK for over 15 years. Byte was officially relaunched as an on-line retailer ( in January 2015 with a range of high quality Apple Certified accessories, and consumer electronics.

Byte (magazine)

Byte magazine was an American microcomputer magazine, influential in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s because of its wide-ranging editorial coverage. Whereas many magazines from the mid-1980s had been dedicated to the MS-DOS (PC) platform or the Mac, mostly from a business or home user's perspective, Byte covered developments in the entire field of "small computers and software", and sometimes other computing fields such as supercomputers and high-reliability computing. Coverage was in-depth with much technical detail, rather than user-oriented. Print publication ceased in 1998 and online publication in 2013.

Byte started in 1975, shortly after the first personal computers appeared as kits advertised in the back of electronics magazines. Byte was published monthly, with an initial yearly subscription price of $10.

Usage examples of "byte".

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Its capacity was most meaningfully expressed not in giga-, tera-, peta-, exa-, or even zettabytes, but in yottabytes, or sextillions of bytes.

Forty billion bytes of data were sequentially driven out of the Teradyne tester, through an array of woven cables, into the back of the probecard, through the microneedles, and into the F1 chip under test.

Vppon the brimme of the hollow vessell, whose compasse was a foote moreouer about, then the subiacent of it, with their heades lifted vp vpon their Vipers feete, with a conuenient and decent intercalation, there were placed sixe little scaly Dragons, of pure shining Golde, with such a deuise, that the water comming from the teates of the Ladies, did fall directly vppon the euacuated and open crowne of the head of the Dragons, afore spoken of, with their winges spredde abroad, and as if they had been byting, they did cast vp and vomit the same water whiche fell beyonde the roundnes of the Ophict, into a receptorie of Porphyr, and rounde, whiche were both more higher then the flatnesse of the pauement before spoken of: where there was a little Channell going rounde about betwyxt the Ophit and the Porphyrite, in breadth one foote and a halfe, and in depth two foote.

It held a pair of Covenant memory blocks, brick-shaped chunks of some superdense material that could store who knew how many gazillion bytes of information.

In appearance it was not unlike a great chambered nautilus, pink, nacreous, and just translucent enough that any listener would be instantly detected and swallowed by the ferocious bytes that cruised these sacred streams.

Just what I need, a computer herd talking about bits and bytes and macros.

Cut-Through switching the switch copies only the Destination Address which is the first 6 bytes after the preamble into its buffer.

The number it gave me doesnt match the figure I get when I add up all of the bytes used by the displayed files.

Bytes Gridley besieging the fortress with hostile manifestations of the most singular character.

Jeffrey Horton at a coffee-and-crullers franchise cafe called Hot Bytes, where every tabletop had a large supertwist LCD built into it - an old technology, but one that made it difficult for anyone to read over your shoulder as you sipped and surfed.

Its own capacity is four terabytes, four times ten to the twelfth bytes.

Even without power, the bytes would remain stable until the actual crystal structure began to break downfive, ten thousand years.

You can literally load subject matter into the human brain as though you were squirting bytes into a memory core.