(also word length, word width)
Word size refers to the number of bits processed, stored, or transmitted simultaneously by a computer’s processor or memory. It determines the amount of data a processor can handle in a single operation, affecting the system’s overall performance, addressable memory, and data types it can manage. Common word sizes include 16-bit, 32-bit, and 64-bit, with larger word sizes typically providing better performance and larger address spaces.
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