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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A unit of data transfer speed equal to one change in a carrier signal per second. Since most data transmission schemes transfer more than one bit of data with each change in the carrier signal, one baud is usually equal to several bits per second.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See bawd.
  • See bawd.
  • noun The fish otherwise called the rockling.
  • noun See bawd.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Computers, telecommunications) A unit of transmission speed for information conveyed over a digital communications channel, usually taken as equal to the number of bits of information transmitted per second. The speed in bauds indicates the number of signalling events per second; however, since it is necessary in most cases to transmit control information along with the data, the data signalling rate may be smaller than the baud rate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun computing, telecommunications A rate defined as the number of signalling events per second in a data transmission.
  • noun computing, informal Synonym for bps (bits per second), regardless of how many signalling events are necessary to signal each bit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (computer science) a data transmission rate (bits/second) for modems

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Jean Maurice Emile Baudot, (1845–1903), French engineer.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Borrowing from French baud. Named for French inventor Jean-Maurice-Émile Baudot (1845-1903).

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