from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sequence of adjacent bits, usually eight, operated on as a unit by a computer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. A unit of computing storage equal to eight bits
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sequence of 8 bits (enough to represent one character of alphanumeric data) processed as a single unit of information
Alteration and blend of bit3 and bite.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Expansion of bit, coined by Dr. Werner Buchholz in July 1956, during the early design phase for the IBM Stretch computer. (Wiktionary)