Byte vs Octet what difference

what is difference between Byte and Octet

English

Etymology

A mutation of the word bite so it would not be accidentally misspelled as bit. Coined by Werner Buchholz in 1956, during the early design phase for the IBM 7030 Stretch computer.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /baɪt/
  • Rhymes: -aɪt
  • Homophones: bight, bite, by’t

Noun

byte (plural bytes)

  1. (computing) A short sequence of bits (binary digits) that can be operated on as a unit by a computer; the smallest usable machine word.
  2. (computing, most commonly) A unit of computing storage equal to eight bits, which can represent any of 256 distinct values.
    Synonyms: B, octet

Derived terms

(unit of storage):

  • kilobyte
  • megabyte
  • gigabyte
  • terabyte
  • petabyte
  • exabyte
  • zettabyte
  • yottabyte

Related terms

(unit of storage):

  • Previous: bit
  • Next: kilobyte

(machine word):

  • Previous: nybble
  • Next: word

Translations

See also

  • word, doubleword, longword, char

Further reading

  • byte on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

References

Anagrams

  • beyt

Czech

Alternative forms

  • bajt

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈbajt]

Noun

byte m

  1. byte

Derived terms

  • kilobyte
  • megabyte
  • gigabyte
  • terabyte

Further reading

  • byte in Kartotéka Novočeského lexikálního archivu
  • byte in Akademický slovník cizích slov, 1995, at prirucka.ujc.cas.cz

Finnish

Etymology

Borrowed from English byte.

Noun

byte

  1. (slang, rare) byte

Declension

Synonyms

  • tavu

Hungarian

Etymology

Borrowed from English byte.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈbaːjt]
  • Hyphenation: byte
  • Rhymes: -aːjt

Noun

byte (plural byte-ok)

  1. (computing) byte (a unit of computing storage equal to eight bits)

Usage notes

It also occurs in the form bájt (along with its prefixed forms), but this spelling is not supported by most authoritative spelling dictionaries.

Declension

References

Further reading

  • byte in Ittzés, Nóra (ed.). A magyar nyelv nagyszótára (’A Comprehensive Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 2006–2031 (work in progress; published A–ez as of 2021)
  • Questions of spelling while compiling the Comprehensive Dictionary of the Hungarian Language (see page 5 in the PDF, page 55 in the original)

Italian

Etymology

Borrowed from English byte.

Noun

byte m (invariable)

  1. (computing) byte
    Synonym: bicarattere


Middle English

Verb

byte

  1. Alternative form of biten

Portuguese

Alternative forms

  • baite

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbajt(ʃ)(i)/

Noun

byte m (plural bytes)

  1. (computing) byte (unit equivalent to 8 bits)

Synonyms

  • Abbreviations: B

Coordinate terms

  • Multiples: kilobyte, megabyte, gigabyte, terabyte, petabyte, exabyte, zettabyte, yottabyte

Related terms

  • bit

Slovak

Alternative forms

  • bajt

Noun

byte m

  1. byte

Further reading

  • byte in Slovak dictionaries at korpus.sk

Spanish

Etymology

From English byte.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbait/, [ˈbai̯t̪]

Noun

byte m (plural bytes)

  1. byte

Further reading

  • “byte” in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014.

Swedish

Etymology 1

Related to byta (to change, to exchange, to swap)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbyːtɛ/

Noun

byte n

  1. trading, exchange, change
  2. catch, plunder, loot
Declension

Etymology 2

Borrowed from English byte.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bajt/, /baɪt/

Noun

byte c

  1. a byte (8 bits, in computers)
Declension

References

  • byte in Svenska Akademiens ordlista (SAOL)


English

Alternative forms

  • octett, octette (rare)

Etymology

From Latin octo (eight).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɒkˈtɛt/
  • Rhymes: -ɛt

Noun

octet (plural octets)

  1. A group or set of eight of something.
    Synonyms: octad, octonary, (chiefly Greek and Egyptian contexts) ogdoad, (particularly babies) octuplet, (8-day week) nundine
  2. (music) A group of eight musicians performing together.
  3. (music) A composition for such a group of musicians.
  4. (computing) A byte of eight bits. Abbreviation: o
    Synonym: byte
  5. (computing, rare) A group of three bits, representing any of eight possible values.

Derived terms

  • octet rule

Related terms

  • octa-
  • octuple

Translations

See also

  • duet
  • nonet
  • quartet
  • quintet
  • septet
  • sextet
  • solo
  • trio

Further reading

  • octet on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • “octet”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

Anagrams

  • tecto-

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɔk.tɛ/

Noun

octet m (plural octets)

  1. (computing) byte (of eight bits), octet

Synonyms

  • o (abbreviation)

Derived terms

Further reading

  • “octet” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Romanian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /okˈtet/

Noun

octet m (plural octeți)

  1. (computing) byte (of eight bits)

Synonyms

  • byte

Further reading

  • octet in DEX online – Dicționare ale limbii române (Dictionaries of the Romanian language)

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