What does byte mean?

Definitions for bytebaɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word byte.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. byte(noun)

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


  1. byte(Noun)

    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. byte(Noun)

    A unit of computing storage equal to eight bits

    The word u201Chellou201D fits into five bytes of ASCII code.

  3. Origin: Expansion of bit, coined by Dr. Werner Buchholz in July 1956, during the early design phase for the IBM Stretch computer.


  1. Byte

    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 ISO/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 was defined to explicitly denote a sequence of 8 bits because of the ambiguity associated at the time with the byte.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. byte

    [techspeak] A unit of memory or data equal to the amount used to represent one character; on modern architectures this is invariably 8 bits. Some older architectures used byte for quantities of 6, 7, or (especially) 9 bits, and the PDP-10 supported bytes that were actually bitfields of 1 to 36 bits! These usages are now obsolete, killed off by universal adoption of 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.

Suggested Resources

  1. byte

    Song lyrics by byte -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by byte on the Lyrics.com website.

  2. BYTE

    What does BYTE stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the BYTE acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of byte in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of byte in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. R "Ray" Wang:

    Data is the foundation of Digital Business. Every touch point, every click, every byte of digital exhaust." (2013)

  2. Bernie Sanders:

    The problem is that a lot of these issue are more complicated than a six-second sound byte and a lot of the issues we choose to raise end up in conflict with corporate America and the corporate media, but you know what, we are going to talk about those issues anyhow.

  3. Sandeep Aggarwal:

    15 traits common for the people who do really well in start-up 1. Deal with ambiguity 2. Can work without handholding 3. Hustler and fighter 4. keep trying and never give up 5. High Passion and Energy 6. No sense of entitlements 7. Excellent in multi-tasking 8. Prototyping - start from somewhere and get better 9. Byte by byte or piece by piece approach 10. Hungry and ambitious 11. Learn from mistakes 12. Not afraid of failures 13. High on common sense 14. Dare to dream 15. Push their limits and step out of their comfort zone

Images & Illustrations of byte

  1. bytebytebyte

Translations for byte

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for byte »


Find a translation for the byte definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these byte definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"byte." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 24 Mar. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/byte>.

Are we missing a good definition for byte? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for byte:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.