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noun 
  1. A sequence of adjacent bits, almost always eight, operated on as a unit by a computer; can represent an integer from 0 to 255, a pair of hexadecimal digits each from 0 to F, a pair of packed decimal digits each from 0 to 9, a packed decimal digit and a sign or a single character
The word "hello" fits into 5 bytes of ASCII code.
Translations: 
  • French: octet(fr)m
  • German: Byte(de)n
  • Spanish: byte(es)m
Etymology: Expansion of bit, coined by Dr. Werner Buchholz in July 1956, during the early design phase for the w:IBM 7030, IBM Stretch computer.http://www.trailing-edge.com/~bobbemer/BYTE.HTMhttp://archive.computerhistory.org/resources/text/IBM/Stretch/102636400.txthttp://catb.org/~esr/jargon/html/B/byte.html


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