Meaning of “byte” in the English Dictionary

"byte" in English

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bytenoun [ C ]

uk /baɪt/ us /baɪt/ specialized

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  • There is a ratio, based on bytes or files count, between the uploads and download. 
  • Today's computers mostly work on the basis of dealing with one "byte" at a time. 

(Definition of “byte” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"byte" in American English

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bytenoun [ C ]

us /bɑɪt/

a unit of computer information, consisting of a group of usually eight bits (= single units of information)

(Definition of “byte” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"byte" in Business English

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bytenoun [ C ]

also bite uk /baɪt/ us

IT a unit of computer information consisting of a number of bits (= a unit of information that is either 0 or 1), usually eight bits:

All of this information can be reduced to bytes in a database that's quickly searchable.

(Definition of “byte” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)