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Definition of Byte

Babylon English Dictionary

basic data unit comprised of 8 bits (Computers)
monthly American magazine devoted to computers and computer technology
Byte Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
Chaucer's Middle English Glossary
verb burn
Byte Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
hEnglish - advanced version

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

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 byte-code compiler 
Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
WordNet 2.0

1. a sequence of 8 bits (enough to represent one character of alphanumeric data) processed as a single unit of information
(hypernym) computer memory unit
(part-holonym) word
(part-meronym) bit
Byte Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
NCTS Glossary v.1.0
8 bits
Internet PR glossary
Eight bits. Often a standard measure of computer memory. See bit.
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Byte Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Telecommunication Standard Terms
A sequence of adjacent bits (usually 8) considered as a unit. (188 ) Note: In pre-1970 literature, "byte" referred to a variable-length bit string. Since that time the usage has changed so that now it almost always refers to an 8-bit string. This usage predominates in computer and data transmission literature; when so used, the term is synonymous with "octet."

Telecom Terms
BinarY TErm, A unit of storage capable holding a single character. Normaly one byte is composed out of 8 bits.
RF Electronics
A group of eight bits, that typically represent a single character. In data communications, a byte is also often called an octet, which is any group of eight bits that function as a unit of information. A byte is eight bits, or a block of eight 0s and 1s. It takes one byte to make a single character.
Technical English by wpv
The representation of a character in binary. Eight bits in length. Calender-van Dusen Equation: An equation that defines the resistance-temperature value of any pure metal that takes the form of RT = RO(1 + AT + BT2) for values between the ice point (0°C) and the freezing point of antimony (630.7°C) and the form RT = RO[1 + AT + BT2 + C(T-100)T2] between the oxygen point (-183.0°C) and the ice point (0°C).
Fiber Optics, Optical Networking Terms
A unit of eight bits.
Byte Definition from Computer & Internet Dictionaries & Glossaries
Computer Abbreviations v1.5
Binary Element String
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Binary Element String
Vb Glossary 1.0
Byte data type
A data type used to hold positive integer numbers ranging from 0–255. Byte variables are stored as single, unsigned 8-bit (1-byte) numbers.
- class java.lang..Byte 
public final class Byte extends Number implements Comparable 
Tree:java.lang.Object - java.lang.Number - java.lang.Byte
The Byte class is the standard wrapper for byte values.
- Constructor for class java.lang.Byte 
public Byte (String  s) throws NumberFormatException 
Constructs a Byte object initialized to the value specified by the String parameter. The radix is assumed to be 10.Parameters: s - the String to be converted to a ByteThrows: NumberFormatException - If the String does not contain a parsable byte.
- Constructor for class java.lang.Byte 
public Byte (byte value)
Constructs a Byte object initialized to the specified byte value.Parameters: value - the initial value of the Byte
Noman's Java(TM) Glossary
The Java programming language, the byte data type, is eight bits wide and can hold a range of values from -127 to 128.
Integrated Circuit Terminology
a unit of computer memory, typically 8 bits in length. The smallest addressable unit of memory and most commonly represents a single character such as a letter.
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Smart Card Terms
An 8-bit word, commonly used to represent a single character.
Website design & Internet terms
A group of binary digits (bits)
Jargon File
/bi:t/ n. [techspeak] A unit of memory or data equal to the amount used to represent one character; on modern architectures this is usually 8 bits, but may be 9 on 36-bit machines. Some older architectures used `byte' for quantities of 6 or 7 bits, and the PDP-10 supported `bytes' that were actually bitfields of 1 to 36 bits! These usages are now obsolete, and even 9-bit bytes have become rare in the general trend toward power-of-2 word sizes.

Historical note: The term was coined by Werner Buchholz in 1956 during the early design phase for the IBM Stretch computer; originally it was described as 1 to 6 bits (typical I/O equipment of the period used 6-bit chunks of information). The move to an 8-bit byte happened in late 1956, and this size was later adopted and promulgated as a standard by the System/360. The word was coined by mutating the word `bite' so it would not be accidentally misspelled as bit. See also nybble.

Glossary of the European Information Society
The smallest discrete elements in a binary system: eight bits comprise one byte.
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A Glossary of Internet & PC Terminology
A bit is the smallest unit of information understood by a computer. A bit can take a value of 0 or 1. A byte is made up of 8 bits which is large enough to contain a single character. For example the character 2 would be equivalent to "00000010" when represented in bits. A Kilobyte is equivalent to 1024 bytes. A Megabyte is equivalent to 1024 Kilobytes. A Gigabyte is equivalent to 1024 Megabytes.
WebGuest Web Glossary
A set of 8 bits that represent a number from 0 to 255.
Jensen's Technology Glossary
The number of bits used to represent a character.
Internet Glossary
A set of Bits that represent a single character. Usually there are 8 Bits in a Byte, sometimes more, depending on how the measurement is being made.
A unit of data ,generally formed from 8 bits. Example 01001001.Capital B is used in abbreviations to distinguish it from bits.
The Internet Dictionary
A set of eight bits.
Glossary of Computer and Internet Terms
A byte is a set of bits that represent a single character in the computer's memory. Do not confuse this with "bite", which means something totally different. There are 8 bits in a byte. Bytes are typically used to measure hard disk storage and computer memory (megabytes, gigabytes, etc.) Abbreviation: "B".
Digital Video (DV) & video edit terms / Eng2Eng v1.0 (web compilation)
A collection of 8 bits. Most computer data is stored in memory in one or more bytes of information.
Electronic Music Glossary
A computer word made up of eight bits of data.
Steve's Digicams Digital Camera Dictionary
An ensemble of eight bits of memory in a computer.
Glossary of Electronic Music Terms
A group of eight bits. (MIDI bytes consist of ten bits because each byte includes a start bit and a stop bit, with eight bits in the middle to convey information.)
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Panda Software Glossary
This is a unit of measurement of digital information. One byte is equal to 8 bits.
Byte Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Not to be confused with Bite, Bight (disambiguation). This article is about the unit of information. For other uses, see Byte (disambiguation).
The byte is a unit of digital information in computing and telecommunications 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.

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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. The Byte name and logo continued to exist , but as an online publication only, with different emphasis.

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Byte Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
Guitar Glossary
A group of eight adjacent bits recognized as a single unit. A byte can represent characters, numbers, punctuation or any special codes. Bytes are to computers what words are to humans.

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