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octet

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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Octet

 

(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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octet

[äk′tet]
(atomic physics)
A collection of eight valence electrons in an atom or ion, which form the most stable configuration of the outermost, or valence, electron shell.
(particle physics)
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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octet

An eight-bit storage unit. In the international community, octet is the term often used instead of byte. See bitstream.
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