Meaning – In the context of binary communication, clocking refers to the use of clock pulses to control the synchronisation of data and control characters.

This term is also likened to clock rate, which is the rate at which the pulses are generated to enable the synchronisation of data. The clock rate is used to denote the speed of the processor, and it is measured in the unit ‘hertz’ (Hz).

The clock rate of the first generation of computers was measured in kilohertz (kHz), while today, the clock speed has entered the gigahertz (GHz) range.

Example of usage“The gamer decided to invest in a PC that had a very high clock rate, in order to multi-task seamlessly between his game and live stream.”