machine word
  • The fundamental unit of storage for a given computer architecture. It represents the maximum number of bits that can be held in its registers and be processed at one time. A word for computers with a 32-bit data bus is 32 bits, or 4 bytes. A word for computers with a 256-bit data bus is 256 bits, or 32 bytes, and so on. Also called word, or computer word.

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