Definition of byte in English:

byte

noun

Computing
  • 1A group of binary digits or bits (usually eight) operated on as a unit.

    • ‘Eight bits make up a byte; a byte typically represents a letter, punctuation mark or digit on your screen.’
    • ‘Storage is measured in bytes, one byte containing eight bits, and representing storage for one character in European alphabets.’
    • ‘Subsequent error-free testing, with the packet set to eight bytes, confirmed that the documentation had been misleading.’
    • ‘I now know there are eight bits in a byte, and 1024 megabytes in a gigabyte.’
    • ‘The store is misaligned across two cache lines such that the upper eight bytes span a cache line boundary.’
    1. 1.1A byte considered as a unit of memory size.
      • ‘A tiny worm, just 376 bytes in size, almost brought the Internet to its knees this weekend as it spewed out huge packets of random data.’
      • ‘Networks were configured for message traffic with packet sizes of 512 bytes.’
      • ‘Ram memory is measured in millions of bytes (megabytes).’
      • ‘These figures are based upon an average check image size of 40,000 bytes and standard list prices for equipment.’
      • ‘This means you could write up to 36 bytes to that memory block without overwriting other blocks.’

Origin

1960s: an arbitrary formation based on bit and bite.

Pronunciation:

byte

/bʌɪt/