1. any group of eight, esp eight singers or musicians
2. a piece of music composed for such a group
3. Prosody another word for octave (sense 2)
4. Chem a group of eight electrons forming a stable shell in an atom
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(1) A musical composition for eight performers, usually instrumentalists, less frequently for eight vocalists (usually with instrumental accompaniment). Among the instrumental octets, string and wind octets are encountered; more common are mixed octets, for example, Schubert’s octet for strings, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon.
(2) An ensemble of eight performers (instrumentalists or vocalists).
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A collection of eight valence electrons in an atom or ion, which form the most stable configuration of the outermost, or valence, electron shell.
A multiplet of eight elementary particles, corresponding to a representation of the approximate unitary symmetry (SU3) of the strong interactions.
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octet (jargon, networking)
Eight bits. This term is used in
networking, in preference to byte
, because some systems use
the term "byte" for things that are not 8 bits long.
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octetAn eight-bit storage unit. In the international community, octet is the term often used instead of byte. See bitstream.
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